state of stateState Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) released the following statement following Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address:

“This is the third State of the State address the governor has given with no budget, and I have yet to hear any real solutions. There are places like the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House that were forced to lay off 117 social service workers due to this impasse. We have seniors who lack access to appropriate care, our after-school programs are lacking stable funding and services for the disabled remain underfunded. It is time to get to work and fix our state’s most pressing issues. We have a plan in the Senate, and it is my hope the governor will work with us on this.”

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ClayborneA measure that will bring more funding to the Mascoutah Community Unit School District sponsored by State Senator James Clayborne (D- East St. Louis) has become law.

The measure allows the school district access to $4 million in federal funding per year.

“We need to ensure our schools are adequately funded,” Clayborne said. “Many people throughout Mascoutah rely on the schools that are on Scott Air Force Base and it is important those schools receive the resources needed to ensure their kids receive a good education.”

Currently, schools that are on federally owned property, such as Scott Elementary School, do not receive portions of property tax revenue for their funding. Under this new law the district has more flexibility in its tax levy so it can receive a Federal Impact Grant.

The Federal Impact Grant is distributed to school districts that have lost property tax revenue due to tax-exempt federal property. In this case, schools on Scott Air Force Base.

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Comptroller Leslie Munger announced Wednesday that she plans to skip the state’s pension payment for November. State Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) reacted to the Comptroller’s decision.

“We’re heading down a road we’re all too familiar with,” Clayborne said. “We know what happens when we don’t make our pension payments because that’s how we got here in the first place. The comptroller and governor should be using their business experience to bring forth innovation not reviving past mistakes we’re working to eradicate.”


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