To avoid creating an unnecessary crisis for Illinois schools, State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) and State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) are calling on the Senate Democrat majority to remove their parliamentary hold on Senate Bill 1, an evidence-based school funding measure, so that the governor can issue an amendatory veto that would make it fair and equitable to all 852 Illinois school districts.
“Over the years, it has been a privilege and an honor to work alongside Leader Christine Radogno. Chris has a track record of being an incredibly hard working, principled and bipartisan leader who truly believes in working across the aisle to do what is best for the people of this state. I want to thank her for her years of service to the state of Illinois, and wish her and her family nothing but the best as she moves on into this next phase.”
“The best thing we can do for our local school districts is to provide them with the most comprehensive, fair and equitable funding formula possible. Senate Bill 1124 is that formula,” said Brady, who said it incorporates the priorities of legislators representing both chambers and both political parties.
“The people of Illinois want a balanced budget, and that is what is on the table here. This isn’t another lifeline, stopgap, or band-aid. This is a real, balanced budget and reforms to grow our economy, create jobs and put Illinois on a more firm fiscal footing going forward,” said Senator Brady. “We’re back in Springfield this week and it’s time to do what is right and pass a balanced budget for the people of Illinois.”
“It’s unfortunate that we’re in this situation, but I applaud Governor Rauner for doing what was necessary and calling the General Assembly back to Springfield,” said Brady noting, “This week I introduced a real, full year balanced state budget that isn’t another lifeline, stop gap, or band-aid budget. My budget and the compromise reform measures my colleagues have put forth this week are the real solutions that the people of this state deserve. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get back to wo
As the beginning of another fiscal year without a state budget looms, Senator Bill Brady (Bloomington) has taken action, introducing a compromise balanced budget, designed to work with reforms introduced today in the House. Brady’s full, balanced Fiscal Year 2018 budget protects the state’s most vulnerable citizens, while reining in spending and setting Illinois on a more firm fiscal footing going forward.
For the third consecutive year, the General Assembly has adjourned on May 31 without passing a comprehensive and balanced budget for the state of Illinois, despite Republican lawmakers repeated requests that their Democrat counterparts remain at the negotiating table to come to a budget compromise.
As the budget impasse continues and Illinois’ backlog grows to over $14 billion in unpaid bills, many Medicaid service providers have threatened to discontinue services to Illinois Medicaid recipients unless the state starts postmarking reimbursement checks faster.
Between 2007 and 2016, Illinois’ personal income growth crawled at a pace of only 0.8 percent per year, tying with Nevada for the lowest income growth in the country. Senate Republicans pointed to the sluggish growth as a prime example of why the state needs structural reforms to entice job creators to expand or settle in Illinois.
“We’re ending May, yet again, without a true balanced budget. This is déjà vu. Despite our sincere efforts to work across the aisle in good-faith, Democrats chose to take their own route -- pushing an unbalanced budget, a tax increase without real reforms, a watered-down workers’ compensation reform bill, and no meaningful property tax relief for the people of this state. More of the same isn’t what people need,” said Brady. “There is still time to get this done before July 1, but to do that we
“Today, instead of passing meaningful reforms to correct this, the Democrat majority passed a watered-down workers’ comp bill that some say doesn’t go far enough, while others contend it could make the problem worse! We have got to get serious about passing real reforms that actually help create jobs, and grow our economy.”
I have said for weeks that any compromise we reach has to be a good deal for the taxpayers, and that means having a balanced budget and fundamental reforms that will move Illinois forward. That’s not what happened today.
“We've made a lot of progress, but this has to be a good deal for the taxpayers, and that means having a balanced budget and fundamental reforms that will move Illinois forward."
Senate Republicans continue their good-faith negotiations, taking the time needed to hammer out the important details of passing a full-year, balanced budget with commonsense reforms that will put Illinois’ fiscal house in order and create a solid foundation for future budgeting and economic stability.
Throughout the budget reform process, Senate Republicans have held firm to the fact that the General Assembly must stop repeating the mistakes of the past. Senator said it makes no sense for Democrat leaders to keep passing the same types of budgets over and over again, and expecting different results.