Once again, we head into state budget season. Governor Rauner’s Budget Address is all over the news. What would his proposed budget mean for SU? Somewhat surprisingly, in a kind-of-a-good way, our rates for day program and residential were not cut. The chart below demonstrates that not being cut is not all it’s cracked up to be after over a decade, especially when the Workshop Grant was completely eliminated as well. The people we serve will be negatively impacted by the Medicaid cuts, and for those who live in our homes, SU will have to make up the difference, so that is a cut of a sort.
What happens next? The House and Senate will work on developing their own budgets. Given that we have a new Governor of a different party, it’s hard to predict how things are going to progress or end up. We need to make it through this not just with “no cuts” but with an increase to raise the wages of our direct care staff and cover the cost of things getting more expensive. We also want to make certain that if there are any increases in minimum wage, we are given increased funding to deal with that.
We’re not unrealistic about Illinois’ finances, but we are also providing critical services. We will see how things go.
Quiet day today with work slow for the holidays. Lots of cleaning projects…including floors and nails!
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Please help us get the word out about this service. It has a lot of potential for SU and our consumers.
We are so very very fortunate to have so many supportive friends here in the Streator Community.
Another great article in The Times, this one on DSP Recognition Week. One additional thing to note about Ginger–Mandy commented that Ginger enjoys her job so much that sometimes she starts dancing while she’s working!
It’s going to be a big sale and we still have donations coming in through September 30! This is a good time to do some fall cleaning and lighten your living space up. Also a great time to come and get some good bargains!
A great article in the Times on Saturday on our Assistant Residential Director Lisa Renner. We are so lucky to have her here at SU.
Mike and Ty are putting up a shelter in our garden area at the main building. It’ll be great to have some shade out there.
A small group took advantage of another beautiful day to pop out to Spring Lake Park for a walk. It’s such a spectacular place to enjoy some nature.