Republicans push long-term change, over short-term proposals

Saying another “stopgap” budget isn’t the answer, Senate and House lawmakers came together on April 6 to once again advocate for a long-term solution for the people of Illinois. The legislators say they have offered proposals to make common sense changes, including a property tax freeze, spending reform and caps, job creation, term limits, fair maps and pension reform.

Senate Republicans continued to highlight their vision for a full-year, balanced budget with commonsense reforms that will put Illinois’ fiscal house in order and create a foundation for future budgeting.  This forward-looking approach stands in stark contrast to House Democrats who, devoid of any new ideas and solutions, ran another stopgap budget containing no reforms to change the system

Deputy Republican Leader Bill Brady pointed out these are all reforms that his colleagues in both the House and Senate have been working on and advocating for over the last several years as part of a comprehensive plan that will work for the people of Illinois and put the state back on the road to fiscal stability and long-term solvency.

Echoing Brady’s calls for reform, Senate Republican Whip Karen McConnaughay said the lack of job creation, the over taxation, and the inability of this state to get back on track, is what is preventing residents and employers from making a long-term commitment to stay in Illinois.

Instead of another stopgap budget, Republican legislators continue to advocate for a comprehensive plan and common sense changes—property tax reform, a cap on government spending, stimulating job creation and creating a government that works for the people—saying these are not only attainable goals, but necessary in order to secure a firm foundation for future fiscal solvency.

The forward-looking approach offered by Republican legislators to solving the state’s budget impasse stood in stark contrast to the House Democrats, who returned to their old playbook by putting forth another stopgap budget.  Another stopgap budget doesn’t provide any real structural changes to end the current fiscal mess, and it demonstrates an unwillingness to come together, in a bipartisan manner, and work toward a long-term solution.  It’s also worth noting that when the General Assembly passed a stopgap budget last summer, it was done in a bipartisan manner and with the understanding that a full-year budget would be developed.  

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