PEORIA, IL (HOI)– While Governor JB Pritzker touched on his top priorities of education and tax reform during his budget address Wednesday, there were several funding proposals that were barely highlighted.
Budget documents show the Pritzker administration plans to spend $38.75 billion across the state’s key areas of need.
Over 27 percent is projected to go to education, with about 19 percent set aside for pension obligations. But, healthcare and human services could also get a significant slice.
Over $100 million has been set aside to address minimum wage changes in programs for addiction treatment, child care, developmental disabilities and other community services.
The Pritzker administration hopes to make child care assistance available to 15 percent more of the those at the federal poverty level with $30 million of funding. They are also hoping to support nearly 700 new living placements for people with developmental disabilities.
The recommended budget also proposes a new managed care assessment that could combine with cigarette tax revenues to help the Department of Healthcare and Family Services manage payments more efficiently. The Pritzker administration says this could also generate more federal revenue to enhance healthcare programs throughout the state.
They hope to use close to $3.2 million for Medicaid staff to implement a new waiver focused on substance abuse and mental health services. A proposed $2.5 million would help bring more staff to the Bureau of Collections to improve Medicaid cost avoidance and recoveries.
Lawmakers have three months now to hash out the exact numbers they hope to see before session ends in May.