The General Assembly has not met in the past month to discuss the budget impasse, much to the dismay of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
The board reiterates the need for a complete and balanced budget for the state of Illinois and feels that continued inaction, or partial action, would create an unstable, insecure fiscal environment that puts schools and businesses at further risk.
“From our review of the bills that were submitted to the floor of the General Assembly, although worthy in many aspects, there are still a number of businesses, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions who stand to be left without a budget plan from the state on many issues that are critical to their organizations,” Colin Dalough, director of government affairs and business development, said.
“One example is Family Shelter Services, which is being hurt by the state’s inaction,” Dalough said. “They provide shelter to victims of domestic violence. However, this year they were forced to turn away 1,300 women at their doors, women that they would have helped under last year’s funding. These are women in desperate need, often fleeing for their life."
Dalough said the state has failed these women over the past 11 months of budget impasse and put the organizations that serve them at further risk with impasse and stopgaps.
“Our mission states, we drive our economy through active engagement and advocacy for our business community,” Nicki Anderson, president and CEO of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, said. “Therefore, on behalf of our members we ask that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle finish the work of the legislative session and pass a complete, balanced budget for our state. We cannot grow our workforce or our economy with continued financial uncertainty.”