Contact your Legislators about the FY2018 State Budget

We are asking that you reach out to your state representatives and senators regarding the Fiscal Year 2018 state budget. 

Below is background on the current proposal and why we believe it would have a negative impact on design and construction.

On Wednesday, June 14, members of Republican leadership in both the House and Senate announced what they called a compromise budget and reform package that would lead to a pathway to supporting a modified version of the revenue enhancement bill passed in late May by the Senate (SB 9).   The “pathway” includes legislation that would freeze the amount of revenue local governments can generate from property taxes, changes to Workers’ Compensation, citizen-initiated government consolidation, education funding reform, modified term limits and pension reform.  If enacted the Republicans say they would support the Senate Democrat revenue package if it is made temporary and becomes effective on July 1, 2017, instead of January 1, 2017.

The Senate released a spending plan based upon the revenue generated by SB 9.  This included budget bills and an implementation bill (BIMP).  The following is a list of items of interest to the transportation community:

  • Permanently repurposes $268 million in Road Fund dollars away from road and bridge construction to other transportation objectives:
  • Requires the state use $100 million in Road Fund to match the RTA taxes required by law.  Currently, this is matched by GRF.
  • Requires Road Fund be used to make the debt service payment on the RTA SCIP bonds.  The FY 18 debt service payment is $131 million.  Currently, this payment is made from GRF.
  • Requires the use of $35 million in Road Funds to make the debt service payment on Transportation D bonds.  Currently, this is made from the Capital Projects Fund.  Note that there is no statutory authorization for this payment in the BIMP bill, the budget assumes this payment is being switched.
  • Increases by $2 million (from $50 million to $52 million) the Amtrak subsidy funded from the Road Fund.
  • Makes cuts to Downstate Transit Agencies:
  • Eliminates the mandatory 10% increase in operational spending.
  • Reduces the reimbursement from 65% of operational costs to 55% of operational costs.
  • Cuts revenue into the DOAP fund by 8.5%.
  • Eliminates the transfer of unused DOAP fund balances to the Downstate Transit Infrastructure Fund and instead deposits those monies into GRF.
  • The state’s match of the RTA’s sales tax in Cook County and the CTA’s real estate tax is reduced from 5% to 2.5%.
  • Outside of some adjustments for the transit items above, the transportation appropriations appear to be at the Governor’s requested level.

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