State Senator Donald P. DeWitte (R-St. Charles) voiced concerns about the financial roadmap Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker outlined at the annual Budget Address on Wednesday, February 20.
I appreciate the Governors opening comment about bold optimism, said Sen. DeWitte. I can only hope that correlates into bold compromise and bold bipartisanship. However, if the minimum wage increase is any indication of whats to come, then we still have a lot of work to do.
Today in Springfield the Governor outlined his suggestions on how to balance the budget, which included increasing taxes and borrowing millions of dollars for the pension crisis. For additional revenue, the Governor called for the legalization and taxation of marijuana and sports betting and a graduated income tax.
Ive said all along, we dont have a revenue problem in this state, we have a spending problem, said Sen. DeWitte. Instead of proposing sufficient spending cuts, the Governor proposed additional tax increases and is wanting to borrow money for the pension issue. These are the same ideas and policies that have led to the many problems facing our state today.
I came into this process optimistic about working with the new Governor and the new legislature, and I intend on keeping an open mind moving forward. However, we must come together in a bipartisan manner if we truly want to put Illinois on a path toward prosperity instead of destruction. I hope the Governor will make good on his comments about reaching across the aisle to tackle these issues.