Just Askin': Farmers and the state budget

Just Askin': Farmers and the state budget

How does the state budget impasse impact farmers?

It doesn't affect farmers directly, said Jeff Fisher, a farmer near Tolono who sits on the Champaign County Farm Bureau's legislative committee.

"We're independent businessmen, so we're not getting payments from the state of Illinois for Medicare or Medicaid and all those things, unless you're of that age," he said.

"So we don't depend on it quite as heavily as, say, the nursing home or lots of other agencies do."

However, farmers still feel the pain.

"It creates a hardship in many peripheral ways," Fisher said.

For example, if schools aren't receiving enough money from the state, local taxes have to cover the costs.

"It's a real hardship to the schools, and it makes our taxpayer money and real estate tax even more important to our local school district," Fisher said.

On top of this, Fisher said, "It's just reprehensible that we don't have a budget in this state. It's hurting every single citizen in this state, including the ag sector, to not have a budget."

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