Donors Forum Calls for Fiscal Reform to Solve State Budget Crisis

Friday, March 19, 2010

Chicago tribune logo for use on Donors Forum site We were pleased that the Chicago Tribune published our letter to the editor this week about the need for fiscal reform to solve the State's budget crisis.

The full letter is here.  An excerpt is here:

"In his budget address, Governor Quinn responded to the state's budget crisis with significant cuts across the board and for the human services sector. There is really only one way for the state to solve its financial problems. It must increase revenues and engage in fiscal reform to address the underlying structural elements needed to bring the state's spending in line with its income. Until Illinois pursues new, stable, fair, and diversified sources of revenue, funding for the many services critical to the economies, health and well being of the people of our state will remain inadequate. Additional cuts to funding the critical services that our communities and residents in need rely upon will have a devastating impact on our entire system of service provision in Illinois and, if the state enacted true fiscal reform, would not be necessary."

For more on how the budget crisis is affecting nonprofits in Illinois --and the people they serve -- and for information on sadly similar crises in other states, check out this web series from our friends at The Nonprofit Quarterly.  

~ the donors forum team