SPRINGFIELD – Today, Governor JB Pritzker released his state budget proposal for fiscal year 2024. State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) released the following statement in response to the proposal:
“This budget proposal is a good starting point for further negotiations with my fellow legislators. We must recognize the reality of our state’s fiscal situation while continuing to advocate for Illinois’ most vulnerable populations.
“Inflation has made it harder and harder for working families to make ends meet on the same paycheck as last year. It is important we remember and fight for these families in our budget. Providing affordable housing and access to proper mental health care is also essential.
“Affordable and accessible housing is an issue that has been exacerbated by inflation. Individuals and families deserve safeguards to ensure their basic human right to shelter is protected, as well as their right to health care. I was pleased to see this proposal addresses both of these issues and address care for youth. Improving education and childcare will benefit families immediately and help our state in the long run.
“In the next few months, I look forward to working with my colleagues to negotiate a budget that implements better access to affordable housing, increases funding to education, expands mental health care and supports working families with the rising cost of living.”