State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) released the following statement following the Governor’s budget address.
“Illinois is in a tough spot financially, due to both the COVID-19 pandemic and the severely unbalanced budget that the Governor pushed through last year. Our business sector is hurting and thousands of people are out of work. I don’t envy the position that the Governor is in, but that doesn’t give him an excuse to put forward the same broken ideas that have already failed. The Governor’s proposed budget once again relies on tax hikes that haven’t been approved yet and it fails to give legally required funding to schools. This plan is reckless, it’s bad for our businesses who are struggling to keep people employed, and it’s bad for our students. Illinois needs leadership, not broken ideas. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the General Assembly to put forward a responsible, balanced budget that puts people back to work.”