SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, backed a balanced budget Saturday that increases support for education, fully funds public safety efforts and protects essential services families depend on.
“This is a responsible and compassionate budget that builds on our work to make communities safer, expand education opportunities and improve our state finances,” Moeller said. “We’re making historic investments in childcare, early childhood education and grants that make college more affordable. These investments are built on the positive results of responsible fiscal management in recent years, and it’s critical that we continue to be good stewards.”
Some highlights of the Moeller-supported budget include:
- $350 million in new funding for classroom education,
- $50 million for health clinics that provide primary, dental, optical and behavioral health care
- $100 million in training and resources for first responders,
- $200 million extra for pension stabilization on top of existing requirements,
- $138 million for the state’s rainy-day fund to address future challenges, and
- $1 million to raise awareness of red flag laws to help keep guns out of dangerous hands.
Additionally, this spring legislative session Moeller led efforts to require guardians for elderly individuals be trained in Alzheimer’s and dementia (Senate Bill 216) and passed a plan to ban unnecessary and painful testing on dogs and cats (Senate Bill 1882). She also worked to raise standards for transparency and oversight of nursing home facilities that have been found to have substandard conditions (House Bill 2076), and increase Medicaid reimbursement rates, lowering insurance costs for patients and providers (House Bill 2173).
“This has been a productive legislative session, but we must continue to be responsive to the needs of working families in the months ahead,” Moeller said. “From getting dangerous weapons of war off our streets, to ensuring everyone has access to the health care they deserve, I’m focused on building a stronger Illinois.”
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