State Senator Laura EllmanSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Laura Ellman released the following statement after the Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2025 budget with continued investments in K-12 education and mental health care services:

“We continue to fulfill our commitments, such as evidence based K-12 funding and pension payments, and I'm glad we’ve passed a balanced budget, and even added to our Rainy Day Fund,” said Ellman, “yet there are areas that concern me about sustaining a narrow surplus like this long term, or resiliency through an economic downturn.”