Unes thankful Autism Cuts Reversed for current State Budget

Springfield, IL … State Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) announced he is thankful the Governor has restored funding to the Autism Program, indigent burial, and services for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill for the current year’s state budget.

The Fiscal Year 15 State Budget was passed along partisan lines last year and signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn.  Unfortunately, the likely unconstitutional budget contained a $1.6 billion deficit.  Upon taking office, Governor Rauner signed Executive Order 15-8 to suspend a number of grant programs and fund sweeps aimed at addressing this problem.  Included in those grant suspensions was $26 million in programs through the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability announced this week that revenues outpaced expectations by between $300-500 million in one-time revenue.
“I am thankful that Governor Rauner has made the decision to restore funding to these important programs.  We know that nobody wants to make any cuts to programs helping the most vulnerable among us and I view this is as a compassionate move to try to provide relief to those families impacted by these cuts.  I look forward to working with Governor Rauner on our remaining budget challenges for both the current FY 15 budget and the upcoming FY 16 budget to begin in July,” said Rep. Mike Unes
For more information on this or any other state issues, contact Rep. Unes’ Pekin District Office at 309-620-8631.