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Stopgap budget passed in Illinois - but is it enough?

June 30, 2016

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The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is relieved that the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Bruce Rauner agreed to and passed a partial budget for FY 16 and a half-year, partial budget for FY 17, which begins today (Friday, July 1)The agreed-upon budget includes an estimated 65% of funding for the 18-month period covering July 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2017. This funding covers HIV prevention and care as well as many other social services, including supportive housing. 

However, the General Assembly and governor have not finished their work. Illinois needs a full-year budget for the fiscal year that starts today, and the state needs a responsible revenue increase to meet residents' needs for HIV testing, care, housing and other services. These budgets only include funding for $0.65 of every dollar that was slated to be spent on critical HIV services — and that’s not good enough. We need a responsible budget that makes health equity a reality in our state.

Despite the shortcomings these budgets present, they are a step in the right direction for Illinoisans. Thank you for contacting your elected officials and demanding that they pass a #PositiveBudgetIL!

See the breakdown of HIV funding included in House Amendment 5 below. AFC will provide additional information on the FY 16 and FY 17 budgets as it becomes available. 

HIV funding included in SB 2047. Page numbers refer to House Amendment 5.

Page

Amount

Purpose

Source of funding

Fiscal year

131

$500,000

African American HIV/AIDS Response Fund

African American HIV/AIDS Response Fund

See p 121 – FY 16

442

$6,250,000

authority to spend CDCpreventionfunds

Public Health Services Fund

FY 17 see p.425

442

$1,750,000

Authority to spend CDC surveillance funds

Public Health Services Fund

FY 17 see p.425

442

$55,000,000

Authority to spend federal Ryan White funds

Public Health Services Fund

FY 17 see p.425

442-3

$500,000

African American HIV/AIDS Response Fund

African American HIV/AIDS Response Fund

FY 17 see p.425

443

$2,000,000

Grants and expenses associated with HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education

Quality of Life Endowment Fund

FY 17 see p.425

773

$17,923,800

HIV prevention, care, and housing (HIV Lump Sum)

Commitment to Human Services Fund

FY 16-17?

773

$1,218,800

African American HIV/AIDS Response Fund

Commitment to Human Services Fund

FY 16-17?

 

Categorized under Advocacy and Illinois.

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