Senator Chuck Weaver released the following statement after voting against a Fiscal Year 2020 state budget bill, including $3 billion in new spending.
“Over the last few days, the progressive wing of the Democrat Party demonstrated its power over the super-majority of the General Assembly in Springfield. Final action on the most progressive legislative agenda in the country took place: legalization of marijuana; voting by criminals in jail in municipal elections; a budget increased by $3 billion in spending with new taxes to get it there; a referendum to remove the state’s flat tax structure; and one of the most expanded abortion laws in the country. A $15 minimum wage passed earlier in the year. I voted against each of those issues. Expanded gaming comes today and tomorrow. HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW?
“These decisions in the progressive’s agenda forced through by the super-majority are not acceptable and do not accurately reflect the values of the hard-working taxpayers of Central Illinois. It is a bad time for our state. We have the highest taxes in the country yet they came up with a number of new taxes that will further burden taxpayers. On top of that, citizens saw the passage of one of the most progressive social agendas in the country, including LGBTQ history being taught in school, removal of the commission that provided certainty for the future of charter schools, employers being told they cannot ask about a job seeker’s past wages, recreational marijuana, and an aggressive abortion bill confirming the super-majority’s position that an egg, embryo and [full term] fetus have no rights in Illinois.”
Fiscal Year 2020 runs from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.