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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