House panel adopts ‘hideous’ $1.2 billion cut in human services

May 11, 2011

NEWS, Service Cuts

by Doug Finke – The State Journal-Register – May 11, 2011 –

SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois House committee on Wednesday approved a human services budget for next year that even the committee chairman called “hideous.”

The $12 billion spending plan was approved by the House Human Services Appropriations Committee.

The plan would stretch out payment of Medicaid bills to save money and cut public health grants across the board, but add funding for Circuit Breaker and Illinois Cares Rx.

It also spares the Illinois School for the Deaf and the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired, both in Jacksonville, from significant cuts.  However, the committee will consider ways to shift some of the schools’ costs.

A lengthy list of witnesses registered with the committee Wednesday, all of them opposed to the proposal.

“We were given the absolutely breathtaking, stunning task to reduce the budget by $1.2 billion,” committee chairman Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, said.  “It was a hideous task.”  MORE

Doug Finke can be reached at (217) 788-1527.

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2 Responses to “House panel adopts ‘hideous’ $1.2 billion cut in human services”

  1. midwestbass4 Says:

    The state may save money by delaying payments, but what about the effect on the Human Services providers at the receiving end of those delayed payments? HOw are they supposed to continue providing services? I agree with penguins15 – I won’t be voting for candidates who don’t demonstrate concern for the best interests of the most vulnerable people in the state.

  2. penguins15 Says:

    These cuts will not be money saving. They will in fact cost Illinois more in the long-term. The politicians need to stop worrying about re-election and actually do something good for the people of Illinois.

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