Bryant Votes to Support Funding for Critical Services

Springfield….State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) voted on Wednesday to support funding for critical services that will benefit multiple government and service related agencies across Southern Illinois. Bryant said that the bill, which appropriates just over $3 billion in spending from several dedicated funds will help remove funding uncertainty on a variety of fronts.

“When we work together, and put partisan politics aside, we can get important work done in Springfield,” Bryant said. “Today’s bill will provide funding to many critical areas including low income energy assistance, 911 emergency response funding, motor fuel tax disbursements to local and county governments, veterans, and victims of domestic violence.”

Bryant had previously supported HB 4305, when the legislature was last in session in November. That bill would have provided funding for many of the same items, but was held up due to a procedural motion implemented by a top member of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s leadership team.

“It shouldn’t have taken this long,” Bryant said. “Unfortunately, the funding items in the bill that passed today were held in legislative limbo during the Thanksgiving break, as many local governments and critical service providers sat and wondered if their money was coming. But, the positive takeaway from today is that this bill will provide money to pay vendors that provide food to our prisons, service to the Anna Veteran’s Home, the Special Olympics, and funding for things like fixing potholes and paying for IDOT to have the salt and supplies it will need to keep our roads safe this winter.”

SB 2039 received 107 yes votes and now heads to the Senate for final concurrence. If it reaches Governor Rauner’s desk, he is expected to sign it.