Budget Would Mean More Money for Schools, Veterans, Prisons
The House adopted nearly 80 appropriations measures Thursday that form the basis of a $37 billion budget that begins July 1. It includes increases of $25 million for early childhood education and $54 million for public school transportation. Increased staffing in veterans homes would cost $9 million.
Another $9 million would go to the Department of Corrections to re-open two closed juvenile facilities. The Murphysboro site would become a facility for adult drunk driving offenders. The former youth prison in Joliet would be transformed into a center for treating prisoners with severe mental health problems.
The plan relies on making a temporary income tax increase permanent but lawmakers have yet to OK that.
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