Illinois Hospital Community Supports State Budget that Maintains Current Tax Rates
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
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We all agree that Illinois has serious financial challenges. The immediate issue in the final month of the General Assembly session is deciding what we are willing to do to avert a catastrophe from devastating cuts if current tax rates are not maintained.
This issue is not just about hospitals and health systems. It’s also about roads, schools and public safety, and yes, health care. Without the continuation of current tax revenues, these areas will be subject to severe cuts in funding.
We have all witnessed first-hand the needed improvements in Illinois roads, health care, public safety, and education. We have much work to do to improve the lives of all Illinoisans, which requires stable and predictable state funding.
Deciding to support a continuation of current tax rates is not easy. But taking the easy way out today will only make tomorrow’s problems worse. We must collectively find the courage to do the right thing now. We need to keep our promises to Illinoisans to keep our state safe, well-educated and healthy.
No silver bullet can solve these issues. It takes tough decisions and sacrifice for the greater good of the state. That’s why the Illinois Hospital Association and the hospital community support taking this difficult action.
Now is the time for political courage and statesmanship – and for legislators to make tough decisions for these tough times. We ask state lawmakers to vote “Yes” to enact an FY2015 state budget that maintains current tax rates and avoids harmful cuts. Our future depends on it.
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