JANE ADDAMS SENIOR CAUCUS
THE SENIORS WHO MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN
15 June 2015
STATEMENT: GOVERNOR RAUNER’S RECENT CUTS AGAIN PUNISH LOW- AND MIDDLE-INCOME ILLINOISANS
Late on Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner announced that steps are being taken to make disastrous cuts to crucial programs that Illinoisans across the state rely upon such as Medicaid, Community Care, and PACE paratransit. Many of these cuts will go into effect on July 1, 2015.
Rauner’s heinous actions demonstrate his deafness to the pleas of seniors, families, and children across the state to not cut these programs for their very survival. His actions also betray his unwillingness to learn from past mistakes—the cuts to Medicaid with the SMART act proved disastrous, and the act was overturned. Yet, Rauner wants to institute some of the same cuts.
Rather than target and punish the poorest residents of Illinois simply for being vulnerable, Rauner must recognize that our state needs adequate revenue. Safety net programs exist for that purpose: to keep Illinoisans safe. They also allow seniors and others to thrive and live with dignity.
Governor Rauner must consider today the folly of these cuts and call, once and for all, for real revenue to be raised to support our state instead of merely playing politics.