Governor to Give FY-2017 Budget Address Wednesday


Springfield - The state's fiscal year for 2016 actually started on July 1st, 2015, but so far, the state's General Assembly has yet to pass a budget that the governor would sign.

In the wake of the stalemate, social services have felt the crunch of lost funding and canceled programming.  Meanwhile, state universities and community colleges have seen reserves depleted, MAP grants for students suspended, and the fear of closing following the spring semester.

Many lawmakers say they're hopeful that the governor will address these concerns, along with others.

The governor's office has given a small preview of what to expect from Wednesday's budget address.

According to the governor's office, the governor will ask the General Assembly to enact record funding levels for early childhood and K-12 education for the second year in a row.

The governor’s education funding proposal will mark the first time in 7 years that General State Aid is fully funded, laying the foundation for funding formula reform, a priority of Republicans and many Democrats.

Under the governor's proposed budget, here's a breakdown of what it would mean for K-12 education, as well as for early childhood education:

$4.8 billion proposed for General State Aid
$55 million increase

$393 Million Proposed for Early Childhood Education
$75 million (25%) increase

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