MT. VERNON – Governor J.B. Pritzker’s recent budget proposal is to hold back $150 million of a budgeted $350 million new dollars in state money for local school districts, saying the money will “only be there” if his proposed graduated income tax is passed in November. The entities caught in the middle of the political issue – local schools.
Mt. Vernon Township High School Superintendent Jeff Fritchtnitch said the district has received $700,000 in new money throughout the past two years due to school funding reform. He said the governor’s plan takes local schools back to the days of funding proration not long ago.
Fritchtnitch encouraged voters to learn more about the governor’s progressive income tax proposal and vote their conscious on the issue in November. He said with our democracy, letting the people decide is key to effective governing.