State Sen. Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) offered the following comments following Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State Budget Address:
“Governor Rauner once again laid out a clear plan to the General Assembly on how he envisions a budget deal. He stressed the importance of balancing the budget by cutting back on wasteful spending and enacting strong economic reforms that are necessary for Illinois to be able to create jobs.
“Raising taxes to balance the budget doesn’t work and won’t work. There needs to be reform. If Illinois saw ‘average’ economic growth since 2002, we’d have an excess of revenue and thousands more jobs. It’s time to change the status quo here in Illinois and we need to do it now.”