October Community Meeting
Bringing Civics Back in the School
Thursday, October 20
7:30 p.m., Doors open 7:00 p.m.
Glen Ellyn Civic Center
Kathy Bruni, a literacy coordinator in Keeneyville district 20 and content specialist on the DuPage Regional Office of Education (ROE) Literacy Team, will present information on a program developed by ROE which is being offered to area teachers. The program provides lessons that meet the newly adopted Illinois Social Science Standards. Kathy will focus on the Civics Concepts that are now an integral part of the new standards.
The evening will begin with announcements, followed by a 5-minute presentation by Michelle Thorsell on the proposed Transportation Tax Amendment that is on the Illinois ballot. Kathy Bruni’s presentation will begin after that.
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Bringing Civics Back to Our Schools
Kathi Bruni, a literacy coordinator in Keenyville district 20 and content specialist on the DuPage Regional Office of Education Literacy Team, will present information on a program developped by ROE which is being offered to area teachers. The program provides lessons that meet the newly adopted Illinois Social Science Standards. Kathi will focus on the Civic Concepts that are now an integral part of the new standards.
Thursday, October 20
Doors open 7:00 p.m., Meeting begins 7:30 p.m.
Glen Ellyn Civic Center
Transportation "Lock Box" Amendment
Here is information on the "Transportation Lock Box" amendment you will be asked to vote on this election year.
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New Amendment Proposed
ILLINOIS HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT [HJRCA] 36
"Safe Roads Amendment" a/k/a/ "Transportation Spending Lockbox Amendment"
The proposed amendment provides that revenue raised for transportation-related purposes must be used as intended – it cannot be “swept” to address another cause.
HISTORY: In 2015, more than $500 million--~25% of the "road" funds collected--were diverted. Those funds come from highway tolls, vehicle registration and license fees, and motor fuel taxes (19₵/gal. for gasoline; 21.5₵ /gal. for diesel).
ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR OF THE AMENDMENT:
The ballot amendment would eliminate the General Assembly's ability to sweep transportation revenues into the General Revenue Fund for other State purposes. In so doing, the intended end use of those collected funds would be restored. This is important because:
Transportation revenues are decreasing because
o fuel taxes have not kept pace with inflation
o less fuel is purchased due to increasing vehicle fuel efficiency
Transportation infrastructure improvements address a major public need:
o 15% of our bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete
o By 2021, it is predicted that only 62% of our roads will be in good condition
○ Mass transit, ports, highway-railroad grade separation, intercity passenger rail, and airports would benefit.
ARGUMENTS OPPOSING THE AMENDMENT:
The proposed amendment is bad public policy because it gives favored status to one area of state government. If the Constitution were to be amended, it should state that all funds intended for ANY specific cause must be used for that cause.
Prioritizing transportation in the constitution may mean that less money can be used to pay for other state government obligations – including K-12 education, social services, higher education, & health care
Since the state does not have enough money to pay its bills, it is possible that road funds will be short-changed in other ways. This happened when State Lottery funds (intended to increase education funding) simply replaced money lost when other school funds were shifted.
Instead, the Governor and the General Assembly should raise adequate and sufficient revenues to pay for our government and they should budget and appropriate those revenues.
The State of Illinois began this fiscal year with a deficit of $9.1 billion.
At the end of Fiscal Year 2017 the deficit will be either $14.5 billion (Governor's estimate) or $16.9 billion (General Assembly's estimate). (See Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, September 30, 2016 blog at ).
The Governor and General Assembly have failed to fulfill their constitutional responsibilities:
The Governor has not prepared and submitted a detailed budget to the General Assembly.
The General Assembly shall then appropriate for all expenditures of public funds.
The Governor and General Assembly have also failed to tax to obtain the revenues necessary to pay for the government that we have.
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