State Sen. Neil Anderson issued the following statement after the Senate passed a state budget May 30. Anderson voted in favor of the budget bills.
“This balanced budget, with no new tax increases, represents a good change for the people of Illinois.
“I am pleased the budget invests new dollars in K-12 education and higher education, including fully funding MAP grants. Investing in our students and our schools will set Illinois on a brighter future. We’ve had far too many students choose out-of-state universities over Illinois schools. This budget sends a message we want students here.
“This budget also makes our full pension payments and ensures our roads and bridges projects throughout the state will happen this upcoming fiscal year. The infrastructure needs for Illinois are plenty. Improving our roads and bridges will create jobs, help our businesses, and make travel safer for everyone.
“It’s also long overdue that state workers who are owed back pay – currently the state’s oldest unpaid bill – will finally receive what they are rightfully owed in this budget.”
Fiscal Year 2019 begins July 1.