Senator Oberweis statement on budget vote
Senator Jim Oberweis released the following statement about his vote against a $40 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2020 that was presented to the Senate just minutes before the General Assembly was scheduled to adjourn on May 31.
“So many decisions were being made at the last minute – in the midst of partisan jockeying – that many of us are concerned about the direction our state is heading. I could not support the spending and tax increases that are at the core of this Administration’s financial approach. Illinois has some of the highest taxes in the country, yet the budget has a number of new taxes that add to the burden of our hard-working citizens. I am also a ‘no’ on the budget because it increases compensation for legislators.
“At the beginning of the year, the Governor said he would negotiate in good faith with all involved parties. He said he was ready to listen. I believe he was sincere but unfortunately he has a very different view of what is needed to get Illinois back to a fiscally sound future. Billions of dollars in new taxes and new revenue sources that many people do not support, new spending and new borrowing are not the answer. The residents of Illinois deserve better.”
Oberweis says he and his Republican colleagues were willing to work with majority-party lawmakers to make the tough decisions necessary to pass a balanced budget with structural reforms that will boost the economy and jobs, not rely so heavily on new taxes and fees.