(Senator Oberweis was a member of the committee of lawmakers who escorted Gov. Bruce Rauner to the House of Representatives chambers.)
Governor Bruce Rauner has offered state lawmakers two options to fix an unprecedented and crippling budget gridlock brought about by a lack of bipartisan cooperation, according to Senator Jim Oberweis.
During his annual Budget Address February 17, the Governor outlined two budget proposals for Fiscal Year 2017 to a joint session of Illinois lawmakers in the House of Representatives.
“The Governor laid it out pretty clearly. We have two options, but we
must pick one! We can work together – Senate and House; Republican and
Democrat; Chicago, suburban and downstate – and do what is necessary to fix the
problems in our state that hamper economic growth and drive businesses and
their jobs out of state,” Senator Oberweis said. “Or we continue on the same path, but
accept the stark reality that spending must be drastically reduced to fit
expected revenues. We would then authorize the Governor to cut spending accordingly.”
The 25th District Senator said he
stands ready to work with the Governor and his fellow lawmakers to make the
kind of tough decisions necessary to deal with the cumulative effect of 12
years of tax-and-spend government under the Blagojevich and Quinn
Fiscal Year 2017 runs from July
1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.