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Senator Rezin calls stopgap budget a “huge win” for schools

Posted by wlpo on July 1, 2016

Schools will be funded for all of next year, and government services will have funding for the next six months. All it took was for lawmakers to come within hours of the government starting another fiscal year without a budget.

The General Assembly passed a set of bills that will provide funding for road projects, 9-1-1 centers, and other services. In addition, schools will be funded for the entire ’16-’17 school year.

State Senator Sue Rezin said you didn’t have to look further than the Illinois Valley to find examples of how funding cuts have impacted schools in a major way. She called it a “huge win” that many schools would get more money than they have in years. Rezin said the bills that passed yesterday are more sensible than any spending plan she’s seen.

The senator went on to say it’s a responsible solution, even if it isn’t a perfect one. She says she remains optimistic lawmakers can build on this compromise to pass a full-year budget.

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