Building on bipartisan efforts in the Senate, Governor Bruce Rauner asked lawmakers February 15 to help pass a balanced budget or give him the authority to balance state spending and revenue, according to Senator Jim Oberweis.
During his third annual Budget Address, the Governor outlined the options to a joint session of legislators in the House of Representatives.
“Our options are pretty clear. We continue the efforts of Republican Leader Christine Radogno and President John Cullerton, and work together to fix the roadblocks to economic growth that have forced businesses and their jobs out of our state. We balance spending with revenues,” Senator Oberweis said. “Or we are allow the Governor to do what he can to counteract the worn-out rhetoric and false premise that we can tax our way out of this fiscal crisis. We need good-faith negotiations, not more of the House Speaker’s political gamesmanship.”
The 25th District Senator said he stands ready to work with the Governor and his fellow lawmakers to put aside divisive rhetoric and make the tough decisions necessary to pass a balanced budget with the kind of structural reforms that will boost the economy and jobs.
“Unfortunately, the current proposal has lots in the way of tax increases, and little in the way of spending cuts and reforms. The so-called compromise definitely needs a lower spending cap (perhaps $37 billion instead of the proposed $38.5 billion) and real reforms such as causation for workman’s comp and term limits for legislators,” Senator Oberweis said. “We also should work together to achieve redistricting reform. That should not be a partisan issue, yet Madigan fights it tooth and nail.”
Fiscal Year 2017 runs from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017. Fiscal Year 2018 runs from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.