Blagojevich signs one-month budget
bill to meet state's needs
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[July 03, 2007]
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich signed a
one-month budget bill Monday that will ensure critical government
services are provided to the people of Illinois through the month of
July as fiscal 2008 budget negotiations continue. The interim
budget, passed by the Illinois General Assembly as
House Bill 3920,
largely funds state operations consistent with fiscal 2007 levels
and sunsets on July 31.
"This one-month emergency budget I signed keeps state operations
running," Blagojevich said. "While it was imperative to avert a
potential shutdown, passing a one-month budget does not solve our
state's problems, and a continued string of one-month extensions
would lead to deep and harmful cuts in health care, underfunding
education and threatening the security of worker pensions. With the
budget negotiations at a stalemate, we now have an opportunity for a
fresh start. In November, the voters elected us to enact policies
reflecting our Democratic principles -- funding education, helping
families afford health care and easing the burdens on the middle
class. We need to get to work on a budget that achieves these goals.
That is what the people elected us to do."
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State agencies, boards, commissions, universities and community
colleges have been appropriated operating funds consistent with the
fiscal 2007 budget. All contractual obligations will be met with
this appropriation, including employee salaries and debt service.
Appropriations for the retirement systems will be provided according
to the certified levels for fiscal 2008.
The interim budget funds the road program and nonbonded capital
projects included in the governor's proposed fiscal 2008 budget.
Funding for July is not included for preschool-12 education, since
the Blagojevich administration advanced the July general state aid
payments in June, as has taken place throughout the governor's first
term. The next round of general state aid payments is not due until
[Text from file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]