| Sen. Radogno addresses the Senate Executive Committee, speaking in favor of her reform legislation to reduce property taxes for Illinois residents.
As state lawmakers wrestle with the upcoming budget deadline and Governor Rauner's proposed reforms, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) says the ball is in the Democrats’ court.
Legislative leaders met with Governor Bruce Rauner on May 29 to try to negotiate a resolution to the current budget impasse, which the Governor and Republican legislators have said must begin with talks about reforms that would generate jobs and boost the economy.
Though Democrat legislative leaders have said all options are on the table, Leader Radogno said that only time will tell if their actions will match their rhetoric. As of May 29, Democrat lawmakers had rejected a number of job-creating, good government reforms, choosing instead to pass a budget that is $4 billion in the red.
Leader Radogno said that the Governor and Republican lawmakers will compromise on fiscal issues, as long as the conversation begins with reforms to generate jobs and boost the state’s sluggish economy.
“The Governor made it clear that he is ready to dig in for the long haul, that he is not going to be forced into some short-term solution that isn’t good for the state in the long run,” said Leader Radogno.
You can watch react from Republican Leaders Radogno and Jim Durkin following their meeting with Governor Rauner, the Speaker of the House and the Senate President at the Senate GOP YouTube channel.