The state-funding plan that passed the House on Thursday, serves as a bridge to a comprehensive balanced budget for fiscal year 2017.

The funding plan does not rely on a tax hike and provides a full-year of funding for elementary and secondary education. Additionally it funds road construction, federal programs and other non-GRF programs for both fiscal years 2016 and 2017. It also provides FY17 funding to support 6 months of critical operations for higher education, state-operated facilities including prisons and veterans’ homes, fuel for the State Police to patrol our roads, and other core operations and programs for public safety, health and welfare. Funds are available under current law for all components of this bridge plan.
State Representative Bob Pritchard toured the KishHealth System Cancer Center in DeKalb and visited with staff of the facility. Rep. Pritchard welcomed Dr. Robert Bayer to the center and heard his vision for the future of its patients and services. He also had the opportunity to speak with a cancer support group and hear their ideas for future legislation. The group expressed their appreciation for legislation Rep. Pritchard sponsored some years ago to include oncology patients for handicap parking placards.

Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard.
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June 6, 2016

In This Issue:
Ø  Flurry of Bills Pass House
Ø  General Assembly Continues to Allow Skipping of Pension Payments
Ø  Budget Bills Fail, New Proposal Offered
Ø  Movement Toward a New School Funding Formula Stalls
Ø  State Developing New Plan for Every Student to Succeed

Flurry of Bills Pass House
Of the thousands of bills filed since January, 225 House bills and 221 Senate bills passed both chambers before adjournment May 31.  Here are a few of bills: