Senator Bill Brady(R-Bloomington) joined other lawmakers in praising Governor Rauner and the legislature for passing a fix to the $1.6 billion hole in the FY 15 budget.
“For the first time in 12 years, the state of Illinois will have a legitimately balanced budget,” said Brady. “Governor Rauner should be commended for working across party lines to fix the budget mess he inherited. I look forward to working with Governor Rauner and my Senate colleagues on passing a fiscally responsible FY 16 budget.”
This solution fixes the $1.6 billion hole in the budget approved by former Governor Quinn. Lawmakers came to this solution without raising taxes. They also fixed the immediate problems inherited by Governor Rauner. Corrections workers, court reporters, and child-care programs that were on the cusp of suffering devastating monetary shortfalls were spared. These jobs and critical services are vital to the state of Illinois, and legislators made sure to take action to prevent devastating cuts. Additionally, local government funding will not be cut in this year’s budget. Programs for the developmentally disabled, autism, and mental health will also be fully funded. Furthermore, elementary and secondary education funding will mostly be spared.
“This is not a perfect budget. The budget fix is a one-time emergency solution to the broken Democratic budget that was passed last year. However, it manages to protect some of our most vital programs while balancing the budget for the first time since the early 2000’s,” said Brady. “This is a small but significant step forward for the state of Illinois. Now we must turn our focus to the next step – real reform to fix what’s wrong with Illinois, not just moving on to the next one-year budget.”
Brady continued, “Illinois needs to be put on a sustainable fiscal path for the future. Legislators should use this model of bipartisanship as a template for how we can work together to put forth sensible, common-sense solutions in the upcoming FY 16 budget.”