Tracy: Budget prioritizes education, Quincy Veterans’ Home, capital programs

Following the Illinois Senate’s approval of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget, State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) released the following statement highlighting key components of the proposal.

“The Fiscal Year 2019 budget is a bipartisan and balanced proposal that benefits the constituents and veterans in the 47th District—without any tax increases. The budget fully funds the Governor’s capital program, which includes a $53 million investment into repairing Quincy Veterans’ Home, ensuring our veterans and their families keep their home and care; $600 million in statewide deferred maintenance, with $100 million going toward higher education institutions; and $2.5 billion for IDOT’s road program that I hope will repair our many damaged roads in the district.

In an effort to provide more financial support for schools and reduce their reliance on property taxes, the budget also prioritizes $350 million for K-12 education. Overall, we set out to work together to pass a bipartisan budget compromise, and I believe we accomplished that today.”

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