Don’t Close Museums to Make a Statement on Illinois Budget Crisis

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Target: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

Goal: Reopen state museums that you closed down in a childish attempt to make a statement on the state budget conflict and actually deal with the conflict.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner decided to punish citizens recently by closing state museums in order to make some kind of statement about Illinois’ budget crisis. However, most staff will still report to work and savings from “closing” the museums will add up to next to nothing.

The governor claims that closing the museums are part of his efforts to manage state finances while trying to come to a budget deal with state Democrats. The state is in its fourth month without a budget deal, and moves like this signify just how bleak the situation has become. However, as governor and leader of the people, Rauner needs to find a real way to handle this problem rather than doing something irrelevant and childish like closing museums.

Rauner’s office previously sent layoff notices to over 100 museum workers earlier in the year, claiming that closing the museums and a separate recreational complex would save the state of Illinois about $6.3 million. Closing state museums should not be an option to cut down on a budget. Rauner needs to find a better plan. Demand he reopen the museums and do just that.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Vauner,

The mess that has been happening the past four months with the Illinois budget is unacceptable. The fact that you are punishing citizens and closing down state museums because you don’t know what else to do and want to stir the pot is absolutely ridiculous. You are the governor, and you should be finding more efficient ways to deal with this conflict.

Laying off museum workers or closing down these vital parts of the community don’t make any sense. Closing state museums should not be an option to cut down on a budget. I demand you reopen state museums that you closed down and actually deal with the conflict like it’s your job to do.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Steven Vance

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