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Pass a Positive Budget

 

 

Stay up-to-date on the Illinois state budget crisis and AFC's other policy efforts by reading our weekly BudgetWatch blog written by our director of government relations, Daniel Frey.

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Take action during this budget crisis by sending letters to your legislators, sharing our budget infographics, and watching video of our budget Q&A with Rep. Greg Harris and state budget webinar.

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 has twice proposed budget 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!

The stopgap budget passed in June 2016 that is designed to get Illinois through December 2016 contained less than half of critical appropriations as compared to FY 15. The budget contains $17 million for the HIV funding line that was $26 million in FY 15, and a reduction in funding for the African American HIV/AIDS Response Act by 66% in FY15 to $500,000. The governor and the legislature must come together to enact sufficient revenue and a full budget for FY 17.

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.

 

Passed budget events and articles

*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.

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We need a complete budget! Tell your legislators to Pass a Positive Budget

This June, Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly passed a short-term stopgap budget designed to get Illinois through December 2016. The stopgap budget contained less than half of critical appropriations as compared to FY 15. The budget contains $17 million for the HIV funding line that was $26 million in FY 15, and a reduction in funding for the African American HIV/AIDS Response Act by 66% in FY15 to $500,000. The governor and the legislature must come together to enact sufficient revenue and a full budget for FY 17. Our communities will not tolerate slashing such essential programs and services.

The governor and members of the General Assembly must work to enact a full budget and 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 complete positive budget.


Do your job Springfield! Share the infographics

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.

Click the images below to download each infographic:

Download the poster!


Periscope: #PositiveBudgetIL Q&A with Rep. Greg Harris

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.

Click here to download the slides!