ERIC Number: ED445801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Proposed FY 2001 Budget Overview: Ryan Administration's Second Budget Request Introduces Funding Preferences. Special Report.
This special report discusses the budget allocations of the proposed Illinois Fiscal Year (FY) 2001 budget. The report highlights two critical issues with far-reaching implications: the use of tobacco settlement monies and phased-in tax relief measures. The report describes steady growth across most agency-level appropriations, with the Department of Public Aid receiving the largest monetary increase and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) receiving almost no funding increase. The Early Childhood Education Block Grant will receive a proposed increase of approximately 5 percent, with an additional $2 million set aside for an Early Learning Pilot Sites initiative. The Charter Schools program continues steady growth. The DCFS budget continues to reflect ongoing declines in the number of foster care and child custody cases. The substantial increases in the Department of Human Services Child Care request will maintain the quality initiatives now in place. However, several proposals are not included in the request, including a program to help child care programs become accredited. The bulk of the Department of Corrections request is for prison construction; this report maintains that if more dollars were invested in children and family programs, the expansion would not be necessary. The community health requests focus on valuable prevention strategies, such as the Healthy Families Illinois, a teen after-school program, and family resource centers. The TANF funding was reduced 30 percent from that of FY 2000. The report notes that the proposed budget does not include a cash grant increase for TANF and suggests that the current level is insufficient. (KB)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Budgets, Child Welfare, Children, Correctional Rehabilitation, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, State Programs
Voices for Illinois Children, 208 South LaSalle, Suite 1490, Chicago, IL 60604; Tel: 800-252-8635 (Toll-Free), Tel: 312-456-0600; Web Site: http://www.voices4kids.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Voices for Illinois Children, Chicago.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families