Pass a Positive Budget is a community-driven campaign that fights for a fair and positive budget for both FY16 and FY17. The health and lives of individuals living with and impacted by HIV face serious threats this year. Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget promises cuts to the services and programs that keep HIV-positive people healthy. Our communities will not tolerate slashing such essential programs and services. Instead, we will fight back, speak out and demand that Illinois pass a positive budget!
Governor Rauner has proposed yet another destructive budget to HIV services. His budget contains a $8 million slash to HIV funding line representing a 28% cut from the FY15 budget and a reduction in funding for the African American HIV/AIDS Response Act by 66% in FY15 to $500,000. The governor’s budget also proposes other devastating cuts to critical services that affect people living with HIV, mostly prominently supportive housing, mental health, substance abuse and child care.
AFC and our coalition partners are dedicated to building support to solve the budget crisis that has been plaguing Illinoisans for far too long.
Read our press release on the proposed budget.
Read how the budget will affect access to PrEP in Illinois.
*Our state budget work has strived to advance sound public health policies through an aggressive media advocacy campaign. With the assistance of Public Communications Inc., we received 50 placements in a variety of national and local news sources and reached an estimated 24,393,994 people about our budget work.
This February, Governor Bruce Rauner proposed yet another destructive budget to the HIV community for the coming year, still without a budget in place for our current fiscal year. This budget promises cuts to the services and programs that keep HIV-positive people healthy. Our communities will not tolerate slashing such essential programs and services.
The governor and members of the General Assembly must work to enact a revenue solution that resolves our state’s fiscal issues. We must fight back, speak out and demand that Illinois pass a positive budget!
Send a message to your legislators urging them to stop these devastating budget cuts and to pass a positive budget.
The fight against Governor Bruce Rauner’s devastating budget cuts to HIV services and programs continues with a second fiscal year proposed budget that includes more funding cuts. We encourage you to help others understand and take a stand against these cuts by sharing these budget infographics on social media using #PositiveBudgetIL and #AdvocatesAssemble.
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Check out the state budget crisis Q&A with Rep. Greg Harris. Get up-to-date on how the state budget cuts will affect millions of vulnerable Illinoisans.
Webinar: "Unpacking the state budget crisis"
This webinar with AFC policy expert, Director of Government Relations Daniel Frey provides up-to-date information on how the state budget cuts will affect millions of vulnerable Illinoisans.