Belt BudgetAddress GreenSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Swansea) released the following statement regarding the governor’s Fiscal Year 2025 budget address Wednesday:

“The governor’s proposed budget is a good step in ongoing budget discussions and includes funding for many key components important to our community. 

“I appreciate that violence prevention and public safety remain a priority in the governor’s proposal this year. It is crucial we continue to invest our communities, specifically those with limited resources, so we can reduce crime and keep our neighborhoods safe. As the chair of the Senate Appropriations - Public Safety and Infrastructure Committee, it is my duty to ensure we prioritize funding in these areas.

“Education at all levels was another big priority in the proposal, which is always good to see. Our children and young adults are the future of this state and it is essential to keep putting money into our education system.

“The $10 million increase in additional funding for the Illinois Grocery Initiative was another big win in today’s address. Fighting food insecurity has remained a top priority of mine, and this will ensure residents have access to fresh, affordable food.”

“The proposed budget sets a foundation for legislators to further negotiate a final plan over the next few months. I’m looking forward to putting in the effort to ensure our community’s needs are prioritized in this year’s budget.”