(Springfield, IL) — April 29, 2010. State Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park) reports via her Facebook Page that Governor Pat Quinn, and chief of staff Jerry Stermer today met with the Conference of Women Legislators about funding for day care, mental health services, alcohol and drug dependence and women’s health initiatives.
In Quinn’s proposed budget, the Governor cuts $90 million or 25% of the budget for community health services which will toss approximately 72,000 people out of care, according to the Administration’s own estimates.
Additionally, Quinn is planning an 8% cut to substance abuse prevention and treatment services which eliminate treatment for 2,500, including 1,000 women. These cuts come on top of 17% last year which saw 7,000 people lose care.
Let’s see if COWL makes any progress with Quinn on these issues. Given the Governor’s low standing among women voters in polls during the primary and now general election, Quinn has every incentive to attempt to satisfy these lawmakers’ concerns.