State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) released the below statement on the passage of Senate Bill 2038 – emergency funding for social services.
“Yesterday, we once again took a step to prove that true compromise can work. Republicans and Democrats came together and passed nearly $700 million in funding for human services.
The money appropriated today, unlike other pieces of legislation, will only spend dollars that the state has in the Commitment to Human Services Fund and a couple of other state funds directly related to these services. Since there are no funds from the General Revenue Fund, the state will not be adding to its backlog of bills by appropriating this money.
However, yesterday’s funding only amounts to 46% of the dollars used to fund Human Services in Fiscal Year 2015. The General Assembly must work towards a balanced budget that fulfills its obligation to those most in need.”