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Senator Righter’s Weekly Wrap Up: July 14 – July 18, 2014

My weekly newsletter with updates on the Illinois Senate.

Senator Righter’s Weekly Wrap Up: July 7 – July 11, 2014

My weekly update with news from the Illinois Senate.

Senator Righter’s Weekly Wrap Up: June 23 - 27, 2014

My weekly update with news from the Illinois Senate.

Senator Righter’s Weekly Wrap Up: June 16 - 20, 2014

My weekly newsletter with updates from the Illinois Senate.

Illinois ranks last, while other states improve credit rating

It’s well known that Illinois continues to have the worst credit rating in the nation, but a recently published chart comparing trends across the country highlights a disturbing trend as the state’s credit rating is expected to drop, even as most other states are steadily improving their credit ratings and fiscal climates.

Senator Dale Righter to host FREE June 26 Senior Health and Safety Fair in Carmi

Area seniors are encouraged to join State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) at his free June 26 Senior Health and Safety Fair from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Wabash Christian Retirement Center located at 216 College Boulevard in Carmi, Illinois.

Weekly Wrap-Up: June 2 - 6, 2014

Politics once again clouded this year’s legislative agenda as the Illinois Democrat majority deferred the state’s most pressing fiscal issues until after the November election. State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) says the $35.4 billion budget, which was passed in the final hours of session, increases spending by borrowing from special purpose funds and uses one-time revenues to pay for ongoing programs, while failing to fully fund the state’s real obligations.

Democrat budget increases spending, initiates new programs, prorates education funds

Illinois Democrats passed a budget May 30 that once again relies on financial gimmicks and maneuvers, while creating what State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) says will be a significant budget shortfall next year.

Funding proposal removes statutorily-mandated foundation level for students

A complicated, controversial rewrite of the state’s school funding formula reduces accountability and muddies the already confusing education funding process in Illinois said State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), who voted against the measure on May 27.

Fully Fund Education Formula First

The best way to help all Illinois schools is to fully fund the state’s “Foundation Level” education grant said State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), who has introduced new legislation to re-establish the Foundation Level as the number one funding priority in Illinois’ education system.

Democrats' budget plan relies on making their tax increase permanent

Recently Democrats pushed more than 70 spending bills through the Illinois House. However, these budget bills would rely on money from the extension of the 67 percent tax hike passed in 2011—meaning voting for this budget would be synonymous with voting to make the tax hike permanent. "Read More" for Senator Righter's perspective on the Democrats' budget package in his most recent Two Minute Drill video blog.

Righter, Bellock target ‘un-reform’ of state Medicaid program

Frustrated with the failure of Governor Pat Quinn to implement the broad Medicaid reforms set forth in the 2011 law and the 2012 SMART Act—even as he advocates for an extension of the Democrats’ 67 percent tax increase, State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) and State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Downers Grove) rolled out a new initiative placing a moratorium on all Medicaid expansions, including benefit increases, until a 2011 managed care requirement is achieved.

Governor Quinn should pay back wages before creating new spending

Governor Pat Quinn should pay back wages and overdue bills before approving any new spending or program expansions, said State Sen. Dale Righter. Righter is supporting legislation introduced by Republican lawmakers that would allow the Illinois Comptroller to use unexpected state revenues to pay down the state’s overdue obligations, including $112 million in court-ordered back wages as well as other overdue state bills.

Audit Commission pursues subpoena power

The bipartisan Legislative Audit Commission approved two motions on May 6 to grant subpoena powers for the committee’s audit of Governor Pat Quinn’s failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI). More from Senator Righter in his most recent video blog on the Legislative Audit Commission’s actions, and what the subpoena power authorized today will allow lawmakers on the commission to do.

Righter to host Charleston recycling event May 17

Kick-start your spring cleaning while benefiting those in need by attending State Senator Dale Righter’s community recycling event on Saturday, May 17. The event will be held from 9:00 am until Noon at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 510 West Lincoln Avenue in Charleston.