Avelar Highlights Need for COVID-19 Relief, Support for Local Business in State Budget

Wed Feb 17 2021 06:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Avelar Highlights Need for COVID-19 Relief, Support for Local Business in State Budget
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In response to the governor’s annual budget address on Wednesday, state Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar, D-Bolingbrook, released the following statement:
“As state representative, I am focused on expanding access to affordable health care, investing in our schools and job training programs and securing COVID-19 relief for our community. Today’s address is just the first step in developing a responsible budget that prioritizes the programs and services our community needs most, and I am committed to fighting for the resources our families rely on.

“In the wake of an ongoing public health crisis, we must pass a budget that focuses on providing support for our local businesses, assistance for displaced workers and resources for essential employees. We must also prioritize expanding COVID-19 testing and ensuring fair and efficient vaccine distribution. In addition, it is critical that our state budget equitably invests in our schools, public safety and senior services.

“Tough decisions lie ahead of us in order to put Illinois on the right track toward recovery, and I look forward to getting back down to Springfield and working with my colleagues to pass a fair and responsible state budget.”