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Senator Melinda Bush speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) released the following statement in response to the Senate’s passage of a bipartisan, balanced budget:

“The budget passed by the Senate was responsibly balanced by including $600 million in reasonable pension savings and cuts to state administrative costs, while increasing investments to education, human services, public colleges and universities and transportation and infrastructure projects.

“We rejected the governor’s proposal to shift the state’s financial responsibilities to local governments, a plan that would have saved state tax dollars but would have required municipalities to raise property taxes to make up for the cost shift.

“The Senate’s budget includes more than 400 million in new dollars for K-12 schools and early childhood education and more than $46 million for College of Lake County, which will help reduce the property tax burden for Lake County residents and allow our students to get the best education possible.

“This budget includes funding to rebuild infrastructure that was damaged during last year’s floods and money to fund transportation projects that would help address traffic problems in Lake County. This budget is good for Lake County residents and I was proud to support it.”


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