In a letter to House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, Congressman Peter Roskam, a former member of the Illinois General Assembly, called for bipartisan compromise to end Illinois’ budget impasse and cautioned against empty spending proposals.
“To date, the governor and Republican leaders have rightly rejected billion dollar spending bills that promised to spend money the state didn’t have. Low-income college students cannot use IOUs to fund their MAP scholarships. Forcing the state deeper into debt does not free up resources for our social safety net,” said Roskam.
Roskam also noted that Gov. Bruce Rauner and Republicans in the legislature have offered a number of solutions to end the budget impasse through bipartisan compromise.
Calling for bipartisan action, Roskam said, “We need real solutions to our state’s problems – bipartisan solutions both Democrats and Republicans in the legislature can support and the governor can sign into law. Now is not the time for partisanship or game-playing – now is the time for statesmanship.”