State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) issued the following statement after the Senate passed a state budget May 30. Rezin voted in favor of the budget bills.
“I am pleased the budget is balanced, and most importantly, there are no new taxes. Republicans made that clear from the beginning that we would not accept a budget that included another tax increase.
“I am also pleased K-12 education will receive an additional $350 million. With the new funding formula now in full effect, this added funding will only strengthen our schools and sets our students and teachers on an even better path with more opportunities. Investing in our children is the best investment we can make as a state.
“The budget also includes back pay owed to state workers in the Department of Corrections, something long overdue.
“A balanced budget is just the beginning, however. We must continue to focus on reforms that will grow our economy, create jobs, and move Illinois forward.”
Fiscal Year 2019 begins July 1.