Governor Rauner Proposed Budget

February 20, 2015 at 4:34 am

Courtesy of the Ounce of Prevention-

Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his budget address this afternoon, highlighting early childhood, but proposing several steep cuts in his FY2016 budget.

The governor proposed a partial restoration ($25 million) of cuts previously made to the Early Childhood Block Grant at the State Board of Education. While there is still a lack of detailed information regarding budget lines in the Department of Human Services, the administration did outline deeply-concerning program changes to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and Early Intervention (EI) program for FY2016.

Those changes include:

  • for CCAP, freezing intake for children over the age of 6, increasing parent co-payments and eliminating payments for children cared for by relatives.
  • for EI, increasing the extent to which a child must exhibit developmental delays to be eligible for services from 30% delay to 50% delay.   In addition to our strenuous opposition to these cuts to early childhood services, we are also opposed to many other proposed cuts in health, social service and education programs that would directly impact vulnerable children and families and their communities.
    While we have concerns about the FY2016 plans for CCAP, we were pleased to hear that the governor and General Assembly are close to resolving the FY2015 budget deficit for CCAP. Child care services have already been affected by delayed payments, and care for children will be severely compromised without immediate action.  The governor’s proposed budget makes it clear that the FY2016 budget deficit cannot be balanced through program cuts alone without harming essential state priorities such as early childhood. Sustainable revenue is necessary to support programs that serve the state’s most vulnerable children and families.
  • Please join early childhood advocates from Illinois Action for Children, the Ounce of Prevention Fund and Voices for Illinois Children at 1pm on March 2 as we discuss Gov. Rauner’s FY2016 budget address. We will discuss the proposed budget’s impact on children and families through such programs as the Child Care Assistance Program, Preschool for All, Home Visiting and more.
  • Register for Governor’s FY2016 Budget Address Webinar here.
  • Illinois is a state with a long history of bipartisan support for early learning and is a leader in building a prenatal-to-five early learning system that delivers high-quality, comprehensive services. We urge Gov. Rauner and the General Assembly to work together to enact a budget that truly supports our youngest children and their families.    The budget discussion now moves to the legislature. It is clear that there are major differences to be resolved in the approach to crafting an FY2016 budget. We will need your help in the coming weeks to ensure that the range of early childhood programs and services serving our most vulnerable young children are a priority in the final budget.

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