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State Representative John Cavaletto Calls for House Speaker to Release Murray Center-Related Resolution from Committee

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

After many weeks of frustration, State Representative John Cavaletto has sent a formal request for House Speaker Michael Madigan to discharge a resolution related to the Murray Center from the Rules Committee to be voted on by the House of Representatives.  

Cavaletto filed House Resolution 1247 in early October.  The resolution would direct the Auditor General to conduct a formal audit of the grant issued by the Department of Human Services (DHS) to Community Resource Associates (CRA) in regards to transferring patients out of Murray Center.  However in order for the resolution to be voted on, it still has to be released from the Rules Committee.  

Cavaletto says he believes the resolution is being held up due to the way the Murray Center was approached and how the state spent and wasted money that they didn't have.  Cavaletto says he wants answers on what is going on.  “There was no plan and the wastefulness of the money and not looking at down the road where the resident of Murray Center were going to be going.  It was just a lot of wasted money and now I want to know how and where they spent it, and I understand that as of Wednesday, the money in the budget has ran out for Murray Center.  So we want to get to the bottom of it, find out about the taxpayers' dollars and what's going on”, said Cavaletto.  

Cavaletto says the state appropriated $39-40 million for the Murray Center this year, but has heard that the money has run out.  He states the money has not solved any problems, but just created more problems.  “That money was also put back into the budget to keep Murray Center open and they're going to try to override the governor's veto on the closures.  We'll try to look for that next week when we go back.  Murray Center is not in that, but we're going to find out why”, said Cavaletto.  

Cavaletto has requested the Speaker allow the resolution to be addressed when the House of Representatives returns to Springfield on next week on December 4th, 5th, and 6th for the second week of the fall veto session.  He also states if it's not released by next week, then he wants it released by January 9th.    

Representative Cavaletto will be attending the Murray Center Coalition meeting Friday morning to address the issue.  The meeting will take place at 11 a.m. at Centralia City Hall.

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