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MACOMB – With Speaker Madigan again cancelling the Session scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb), issued the following statement.

“With only two weeks remaining in the fiscal year, without an immediate budget resolution, we will enter the second fiscal year in a row with no state budget in place.  That is beyond unacceptable.  It is entirely unacceptable that the Speaker has cancelled Session 2 weeks in a row.  I continue working with the Budget Working Group toward finding common ground with rank-and-file legislators from both sides of the aisle to end this impasse.  The work has been productive and has yielded several budget options that have been presented to leadership on both sides of the aisle.  I look forward to continuing our efforts on this critical work, however, at some point the Budget Working Group’s suggestions must be called for a vote by the Speaker or all of our bipartisan work is for naught,” said Rep. Hammond. 

“I support two bills that are currently being proposed and that we have the funding to pay the costs. They provide 6 months of bridge funding to our universities and agencies and provides a full year of funding, with no proration, for K-12 schools. This is obviously not my first choice. I have made that clear in the past. However, if consensus cannot be reached on FY 16 and FY 17 budgets, bridge funding would provide the most responsible course of action in order to be certain our schools and universities open on time, seniors receive the services needed and the services for our most vulnerable can be provided,” Rep. Hammond continued.



SPRINGFIELD – On the heels of a bipartisan compromise that created a $700 million stopgap measure for higher education, State Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) again stood against an unfunded subsequent proposal which sought to allocate $227 million towards MAP Grants for higher education.

“Unlike the previous compromise legislation for higher education funding, House Bill 4167 did not contain a revenue stream and is yet another attempt by the majority party to sideline the process of thoughtful compromise that has recently been in practice in the Illinois General Assembly,” said Rep. Hammond on Tuesday from Springfield.

“While I support more funding for MAP grants, this is again another movement that would benefit many private and for-profit institutions, without funding for operation expenses at our four-year universities and community and colleges,” continued Rep. Hammond.  “The higher education budget needs to include appropriations for operations at our four-year universities, community colleges, as well as MAP Grants.”

Rep. Hammond has supported a number of bills this spring to fund Higher Education, each with designated funding sources. The latest proposal was passed to fund state universities through August, utilizing approximately $600 million remaining in the EAF at the end of the fiscal year on June 30. Further, the proposal provided stopgap MAP grant funding to help keep students of limited means at Illinois community colleges and state universities, in addition to over $74 million in direct funding to community colleges and more than $15 million in operational funding to Western Illinois University as well as over $5 million in funding to WIU MAP grant recipients.

Hammond has also been working as a member of the bipartisan, bicameral Budget Working Group, which has put aside their partisan ideology and proposed a menu of cost-savings and revenue increases as a pathway toward fiscal solvency for full-year FY 16 and FY17 state budgets.

Hammond encouraged residents of the 93rd district to contact her with questions or concerns on this or any other state issue. Hammond’s Macomb district office can be contacted at (309) 836-2707 and she can be reached via e-mail at rephammond@macomb.com. Constituents can also visit her legislative website at www.norinehammond.org to sign up for her electronic newsletter.

Hammond represents all or part of Brown, Cass, and Fulton, Knox, Mason, McDonough, Schuyler and Warren counties.
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SPRINGFIELD – Citing emergency needs created by the continued lack of a State Budget for FY16, Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) joined many of her colleagues on Thursday in supporting releasing approximately $700 million in state funding to human services agencies throughout Illinois.

The appropriation has a dedicated funding source, mostly from the Commitment to Human Services Fund that was set up as part of the temporary income tax hike in 2010 and contains unspent money.  The funding will be directed to human services programs that are not covered by consent decrees or existing court orders.  The funding is estimated to provide approximately 46% of the spending those programs would have encompassed this fiscal year.

“Certainly, this does not provide full funding for all services, but it is progress toward providing the emergency funding needed to keep some of these safety net programs from closing their doors immediately,” said Rep. Hammond on Thursday following passage.

The progress on this funding comes after stopgap funding was provided to colleges, universities, and MAP grant recipients several weeks ago.  That appropriation came from the monies in the Education Assistance Fund.

“I am one of the members of the bipartisan, bicameral Budget Working Group meeting on a regular basis to resolve the budgets for the current year and next year.  Our work continues in an effort by all parties to come to a resolution to provide full-year FY16 and FY17 state budgets as quickly as possible,” continued Rep. Hammond. 

Hammond encouraged residents of the 93rd district to contact her with questions or concerns on this or any other state issue. Hammond’s Macomb district office can be contacted at (309) 836-2707 and she can be reached via e-mail at rephammond@macomb.com. Constituents can also visit her legislative website at www.norinehammond.org to sign up for her electronic newsletter.

Hammond represents all or part of Brown, Cass, and Fulton, Knox, Mason, McDonough, Schuyler and Warren counties.
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SPRINGFIELD – Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) joined more than a half dozen of her colleagues on Tuesday at a Press Conference announcing her support for Stopgap Higher Education funding utilizing the Educational Assistance Fund (EAF) as a temporary funding source until a budget is passed.  On Friday, the Illinois legislature overwhelmingly passed the legislation suggested by this group of legislators in the Illinois House with over 100 votes in favor of the bill (SB 2059) and subsequently in the Illinois Senate as well later Friday morning.

Rep. Hammond has supported a number of bills this spring to fund Higher Education, each with designated funding sources.  The latest proposal was passed to fund state universities through August, utilizing approximately $600 million remaining in the EAF at the end of the fiscal year on June 30.  Further, the proposal is slated to provide stopgap MAP grant funding to help keep students of limited means at Illinois community colleges and state universities, in addition to over $74 million in direct funding to community colleges. 

“Let me be clear, this is not a permanent solution, but I strongly believe we need to get funding moving to keep our state universities and community colleges open.  I am pleased that cooler heads prevailed on this issue and am hopeful the Senate will also pass this lifeline to our institutions of higher education and the students they serve,” said Rep. Hammond.

Hammond was also recently appointed to be on a working group that is meeting regularly over the past week to attempt to iron out a bipartisan budget solution.  Meetings are ongoing, driven by rank-and-file members and productive thus far.  Hammond characterized the movement on higher education as a sign that, “rank-and-file members can drive compromise on these budgetary issues and I will continue to work toward compromise and real solutions.”

The stopgap measure provides approximate nearly $15 million in funding to Western Illinois University in Macomb and an additional $5 million in MAP Grant funds to WIU students.

Hammond encouraged residents of the 93rd district to contact her with questions or concerns on this or any other state issue. Hammond’s Macomb district office can be contacted at (309) 836-2707 and she can be reached via e-mail at rephammond@macomb.com. Constituents can also visit her legislative website at www.norinehammond.org to sign up for her electronic newsletter.

Hammond represents all or part of Brown, Cass, and Fulton, Knox, Mason, McDonough, Schuyler and Warren counties.
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