Thie Week In Springfield Week of March 26th, 2017


Legislative Update- Week of 3/26/2017

Opposing Cuts to Senior Services (City/Suburbs/Downstate)

The House Aging Committee recently held a hearing to discuss how Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed cuts would strip care from nearly 40,000 elderly residents and place them in a new, untested program. Senior advocates, including AARP and the Illinois Association of Community Care Program Homecare Providers, have expressed concerns that this new program lacks the standards and requirements that are critical to seniors’ health and security, while creating new layers of government bureaucracy.

Protecting Vital Health Programs (City/Suburbs/Downstate)

The Trump Administration in Washington are working to advance a proposal that would deny millions of children, seniors, and the disabled access to life-saving health insurance while putting more money in the pockets of corporate CEOs and greedy insurance companies.

The current proposal backed by Washington elites to alter the Medicaid system forces Illinois to cut critical care, or put taxpayers on the hook for significantly higher payments in order to continue services. Either would be a disaster.

Medicaid recipients are not just another line item in the budget. They include single moms with two jobs. They include the elderly. They include children. They include the disabled. They include people with mental illnesses. We cannot treat them as numbers on a piece of paper.

Illinois House Democrats will continue to fight to protect our state’s most vulnerable citizens and do everything we can in hopes of blocking these dangerous cuts. We urge Gov. Rauner to stand up against his allies in Washington by fighting for us, not against us.

Closing Unfair Corporate Loopholes – HB 3419

For too long have corporations been allowed to exploit loopholes allowing them to take advantage of state contracts or investments and then sending that money to overseas tax havens in order to avoid paying their fair share.

Ending Child Trafficking - HB 3629 (City/Suburbs/Downstate)

Criminals who commit crimes against children deserve to be punished. Unfortunately, a legal loophole allows dangerous criminals who force children into prostitution to escape justice. The trauma and memories of these horrific acts will haunt victims of these crimes for their rest of the life. To allow their abusers to go unpunished due to a legal loophole is unforgivable.

Expanding Tax Breaks for Working Families - HB 2475 (City/Suburbs/Downstate)

Middle-class families would be able to keep more of their hard-earned money under legislation I am supporting to increase tax credits for working families. A key element of the Illinois House Democratic Economic Reform Agenda, House Bill 2475, calls for strengthening the middle-class by doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) over the course of five years, putting an estimated $44 million dollars back in working families’ pockets.

I believe we can grow the economy by lifting up the middle class and leveling the playing for small and medium-sized employers by reducing their tax burden. According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, for every $1 returned to taxpayers through this tax credit, between $1.50 and $2 in economic activity is generated, which helps local businesses grow and creates new job opportunities in our community.

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