Rep. Skillicorn Says Balanced Budget Needed to Provide Education Certainty
Apr 20, 2017 9:36 AM - CRYSTAL LAKE -- Despite K-12 education funding being spared much of the turmoil caused by the lack of full-year, balanced state budget, many school districts have been feeling the crunch due to state mandated categorical payments not being paid. These categorical payments, which help fund things like transportation and special education, have yet to be paid to school districts by the Comptroller because of the state's ever growing backlog of bills. State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) says this is one more reason it essential to stop playing games with another stopgap in Springfield and pass a comprehensive, full-year balanced budget as soon as possible. "Illinois has been without a complete budget for nearly two years now, and gone even longer without a balanced budget that actually matches spending to projected revenues," said Skillicorn. "Every day this continues, our schools face growing uncertainty as their backlog of unpaid state vouchers grow. This is unacceptable and ultimately leads to more pressure being placed on local taxpayers."