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|Moffitt: Had to Support Fund Sweeps for Historic Sites Money
|A local lawmaker says he had to make an exception when he voted to use a certain type of money to get state historic sites the dollars back that the Governor cut.
State Representative Don Moffitt told the Galesburg-Area Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning that he is glad the House passed the restoration of funding for state parks and historic sites, but he says he didn't really want to have to have most every special purpose fund swept in order to do that.
But Moffitt says he had to support the fund sweeps in this case in order to get what he wanted. "I do not like fund sweeps, but there's something even worse, and that's shutting down important facilities to our stat'e economy," Moffitt said. "So I did vote for that, and I would welcome your input on that concept. We tried a lot of different things, but in the final analysis, the fund sweeps is what was tapped."
The Gilson Republican says it was an all-day effort to get a couple of the fund sweeps off the table, sweeps of funds that provided money to fire departments in the form of revolving loans, and others that provided money to 911 call centers and ambulance services.
The Senate must still act on the funding restoration, and the Governor must sign it, before it becomes law.
All in all, Moffitt says even though there were plenty of negatives with the most recent set of legislative sessions, there were a lot of positives, like the revolving loan funds, and legislation related to wind power and tax increment financing districts.
(State Rep. Don Moffitt speaks at the Galesburg-Area Chamber of Commerce's "Galesburg on the Go" breakfast Wednesday morning. WGIL News Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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