State Senator Neil Anderson released a statement regarding Governor J.B. Pritzker’s State Budget Address.
“I found items in the Governor’s budget proposal that I support. I was glad to see that he prioritized spending for K-12 schools and higher education. However, I also have some major concerns.
“While the Governor correctly addressed the problems Illinois faces, he failed to provide appropriate solutions. His solution was simply tax and borrow, repeating the mistakes of the past and kicking the can down the road. The residents and businesses in my district cannot afford another tax increase of any kind. If we keep adding to the burden placed on employers it’s going to be hard for them to stay in my district. Instead, they’ll cross the river and continue doing business in Iowa, where there’s a lower minimum wage and lower workers’ compensation costs.
“I recognize that this is just a starting point. Going forward I hope the Governor’s rhetoric on bipartisanship matches his actions as we continue to address the budget needs of the state.”