The Illinois House okayed some of the state's operations budget Tuesday for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.
for K-12 education did not see action by the House Tuesday. But a
House committee has already signed off on an elementary and secondary
education budget of about $6.6 billion. The $6.6 billion budget would
undo most of the slashes in funding Gov. Pat Quinn laid out in his budget
Under the House approved spending plan, human services will not endure further cuts.
plan will keep up with funding for human service agency programs
such as community child care and homelessness-prevention services.
Mental health and substance abuse programs will also continue to be
The Department of Public Health will also see some money
set aside for a four-year trial period for medical marijuana in the
state. The state legislature approved a medical marijuana measure
earlier this month, and it has been sent to Quinn's desk.
Bigger human service agencies in the state, however, will see a 2.5 percent cut in what is set aside for their operations.
under the plan, state agencies would receive a pot of money and have
discretion over how to spend it for their employees' expenses.
to Quinn's budget office, the approved budget proposal, which House
Republicans voted against, would not lead to layoffs of
state agency employees.