Governor Bruce Rauner is asking lawmakers to reject the tax-and-spend fiscal policies of past years and pass a budget that balances spending and revenue, according to Senator Jim Oberweis.
The Governor delivered his fourth annual Budget Address February 14 to a joint session of legislators in the House of Representatives. Senator Oberweis is one of several lawmakers who escorted Governor Rauner to the House chambers (pictured above).
“I was incredibly pleased to hear the Governor’s budget proposal. Presenting a truly balanced budget for Illinois has been a very difficult task. This plan is really pretty simple. Reject the status quo budgets forced through by the majority party in both chambers for so many years, without our input,” Senator Oberweis said. “Handle our finances like hard-working men and women all across Illinois. Pay our bills first, before we commit to any new spending. This budget appears to be truly balanced without accounting tricks or gimmicks or pinning our hopes on what the Illinois Supreme Court will decide.”
A preliminary analysis of the Governor’s Budget plan for Fiscal Year 2019 shows that it:
• Gets tough on crime by calling for 100 new Illinois State Police cadets.
• Addresses the growing opioid crisis through funding for opioid prevention initiatives.
• Continues record funding for K-12 education.
• Invests in communities by allocating $15 million for OSLAD grants, which helps improve local parks.
The Governor’s speech is the starting point of the legislative budget process, and Senator Oberweis says he stands ready to work with his fellow lawmakers to make the tough decisions necessary to pass a balanced budget with structural reforms that will boost the economy and jobs.
“This budget proposal will have its supporters and its opponents. People will disagree,” Senator Oberweis said. “However, we need to come to the table, ready to listen. We need good-faith negotiations, not another year of the House Speaker’s political gamesmanship.”
Fiscal Year 2019 runs from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.