Halpin Budget

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Mike Halpin responded to the governor’s proposed budget address Wednesday.

The governor’s proposed budget includes an increase of $219 million to higher education institutions, including a seven percent increase across the board for operations.

“The future of higher education in Illinois starts with making this much needed increase,” Halpin said.  “By investing in our colleges and universities, we are investing in the future of our state and ensuring that our students have the opportunity to receive a quality education and compete in the global marketplace."

The governor’s proposed budget also includes $10 million for a clean energy Career and Technical Education pilot program to assist high schools with developing and programming that supports electric vehicle manufacturing.

“As budget negotiations continue, I look forward to making sure Western Illinois gets its fair share,” said Halpin. “I hope the governor maintains his commitment to rebuilding Illinois’ infrastructure and providing alternative paths for our next generation who are seeking alternatives to college.”