CommitteepicturersSPRINGFIELD- In light of the budget impasse, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) has filed paperwork to forego his pay until there is a budget in place to protect essential programs in Illinois.  

People who work or receive services from important programs such as child care assistance programs, in-home health care for seniors and people with disabilities and services for veterans’ are faced with few choices without a state budget in place.   

“I stand up in solidarity with the hard working men and women in our community who provide essential services to our most vulnerable populations. It is unjust for elected officials to continue to take home their pay while in-home child care providers struggle to keep their doors open and seniors are forced to choose between picking up their prescriptions or keeping their lights on at night. These are real people with real responsibilities forced to make difficult decisions,” said Bennett.

Bennett noted that the Senate passed a budget on time prior to the May 31 deadline however, that budget was vetoed by Governor Rauner.

In an effort to prevent a state government shutdown and maintain services, the Senate passed a one-month budget this month to allow more time for negotiation between the Senate, House and Gov. Rauner. The governor has already publically announced his plan to veto a temporary budget plan.

“I support a balanced budget and understand cuts need to be made, but I cannot support balancing the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable populations- our seniors, veterans, children and the disabled,” said Bennett. “My hope is the governor will come to the table and be part of the solution. We cannot afford for him to use our budget to gain political points by forcing working families into dire situations.”

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