About the Responsible Budget Coalition
The Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) is a large and diverse coalition of more than 300 organizations concerned about state budget and tax issues. It includes organizations that serve children, families, veterans, seniors and people with disabilities; education groups concerned about early learning, K-12 and higher education; labor unions; faith-based and civic organizations; immigrant and refugee families; and many others.
We are a non-partisan, trusted source of information on state budget and tax policy and a leader in the fight to pass a budget that chooses revenue over cuts to vital services.
The individual organizations that belong to the RBC represent a diverse range of interests but are united by these three common principles:
· Adequate revenue to support state priorities and make smart investments
· No more cuts to vital programs and services
· Fairness in raising revenue
Click here for a PDF of a one page overview of the Responsible Budget Coalition.
Membership and Weekly Update
RBC Members: Click here to see a list of RBC members.
Weekly Update: The RBC sends out a weekly email (usually on Tuesdays) to members and allies, which provides information about the work of the RBC and its members along with news and resources about the state budget. Click here to sign up to recieve the weekly update (if your organization is signed up as a member of the RBC, you should automatically recieve the weekly update).
What is a Responsible Budget?
In short, a responsible budget adequately funds services that promote strong families, communities, and local economies and asks everyone - including corporations and millionaires – to pay their fair share.
Illinois families want a responsible state budget that invests in services that reward hard work, help create opportunity, promote learning, attract businesses and good-paying jobs, promote health and safety, protect the environment, allow children to grow and succeed, ensure independence and dignity for seniors and those with disabilities, and foster thriving communities.
In January 2015, leaders in Springfield let corporate and individual tax rates drop, draining $6 billion from the state budget that pays for K-12 and higher education, human services, environmental protection, and many other critical services. Those tax breaks are primarily going to upper- income individuals and corporations.
We are now many months into a budget impasse. Our state policymakers face a choice between restoring the revenue we lost or allowing more cuts to critical services that strengthen families, communities, and the economy. Below are some examples of what that choice for state policymakers entails. The Governor and lawmakers can...
- close corporate loopholes instead of pricing families out of college and cutting services for sexual assault survivors
- restore some or all of 2014 individual income tax rates - much of which is going to those with high incomes - instead of sacrificing good-paying jobs and critical infrastructure projects
- restore 2014 corporate income tax rates so families can afford childcare and children have afterschool opportunities
- tax high-end services like corporate jet rentals and interior decorating instead of cutting Meals on Wheels and independent living services for seniors and those with disabilities
The Governor & lawmakers need to immediately pass a budget that CHOOSES REVENUE over cuts that harm families, communities, and our economy - they can debate non-budget items later. Illinois can’t wait any longer to pass a fully-funded, year-long budget.
Media Contact: Elizabeth Austin, RBC Communications Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Field Contact: Jennifer Cushman, Field Coordinator & Policy Specialist 646-326-4279, email@example.com