Hutchinson supports plan restoring social service cutsSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) supported a plan in the Senate today restoring nearly $30 million in cuts Governor Rauner made to social service agencies earlier this month.  

“This plan prevents layoffs at social service agencies and ensures we are not starting a chain reaction where lost jobs leads to a loss in economic activity in our state,” Hutchinson said. “For every dollar lost in public spending, we lose $1.30 in private sector economic activity. When local jobs are lost, it not only affects social service providers and their clients but also restaurants, dry cleaners and a host of other small businesses. The impact on the local economy is real and we cannot forget that.”

Senate Bill 274 gives the governor authority to transfer $26 million in reserves from special state funds to ensure programs treating our state’s most vulnerable residents are funded, including those treating individuals with autism, epilepsy and substance abuse prevention.

The plan now goes to the House of Representatives for further debate.

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