We’ll be hearing plenty of this in the coming months: Interest groups urging the governor and state lawmakers not to cut their funding.
It’s starting with organizations that help immigrants, mostly to learn English and apply for citizenship. The state has an immigrant services line item of $6.67 million, which is money well spent, says Breandan Magee, director of programs for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, whose members get pieces of that allocation.
“With minimal funding – and I emphasize the minimal – we produce huge results. Our partners stretch every single dollar to the max, and they bring immigrants into the economic and civic life of Illinois and our country. What they also do is they boost the economy and they create jobs in the process,” he said.
These groups are not only worried about funding cuts in the next state budget, but the state running out of money to fund commitments in the current budget.