SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) was appointed this week to serve on the Senate Committee on Appropriations I and II, which are key state budget committees tasked with examining state finances and putting together the details of the state budget. Manar is eager to bring his recent experience resolving budget deficits on the local government level to the committee and to work with his colleagues to resolve the state’s fiscal concerns.

“Our state is currently facing serious budget issues; some of these same issues I dealt with while serving as the chairman on the Macoupin County Board,” Manar said. “I anticipate legislators will have to make some tough choices, but I am optimistic that both sides can work together to balance our budget while still properly funding important state programs.”

Shortly after Manar was elected chairman of the Macoupin County Board, the county was dealing with record deficits due to the loss of two coal mines. Manar, along with other board members, made balancing the county’s checkbook the top priority.

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator Andy Manar (D – Bunker Hill) was sworn in today as the Illinois State Senator for the 48th Legislative District.

“I consider it a privilege to represent the residents of the 48th District in Springfield,” Manar said. “The voters of Central Illinois have entrusted me to work together with fellow Democrats and Republicans in balancing our budget, improving education opportunities for our children, and ensuring our business community has the tools necessary to grow and expand.”

Manar comes to Springfield after serving as the Chairman of the Macoupin County Board, where his leadership led to a balanced budget at a time of a significant loss in tax revenue due to the closing of several mines throughout the county.

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On Wednesday, April 2, a group of Senators introduced the School Funding Reform Act of 2014, a proposal to streamline the current hodgepodge of funding sources into one funding formula that will account for school districts’ funding needs.

Illinois has the second-most inequitable school funding system in the nation, and that funding system is doing a disservice to taxpayers, school districts and, most importantly, our children. The proposed funding system will better address student needs, such as socio-economic background, language ability or special learning needs, while also accounting for a school district’s ability to raise funds locally. You can read more about the bill by clicking here.

Click here or on the image above to add your name to the list of those who support taking this important step towards reforming our education funding.

Click on the video below to hear Senator Manar discuss the importance of education funding reform:

Click below to read more on Senator Manar's efforts to reform education funding in Illinois.

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