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Legislative Latino Caucus stresses concerns over budget impasse (VIDEO)

martinez sos 012716Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) joined members of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus at a press conference to discuss the negative impact the governor’s failure to approve a budget is having on Latinos.

“I’m frustrated by how many children, families and college students are being hurt by the budget impasse,” Martinez said. “I call on the governor to work with us in a bipartisan manner to put a stop to this.”

 

Latino college students are feeling the brunt of the governor not authorizing a higher education budget. Students across Illinois rely on the state’s Monetary Award Program (MAP) to pay for college and are now worried whether or not they can afford to continue their education.

Latino human services organizations have also been harmed, leaving youth, families and immigrants uncertain of where to go for help.

The state has gone seven months without a budget due to the governor vetoing the legislative budget that was sent to his desk.

“You know we have a problem when the governor gives the State of the State address, and we don’t have a budget in place,” Martinez said.

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