We do have a budget crisis. The Governor and his Democratic friends promised that their 67% tax increase would pay off our bills and solve our problems, and then would be repealed in the near term. Yet, excessive state spending continues to provoke hardship on businesses doing work with the state by increasing delays in state payments. The real problem must be addressed by the systemic structural spending patterns in our larger state agencies. This, however, cannot be dealt with by closing correctional institutions that would put our correctional employees in greater danger in already overcrowded facilities and put our citizens at greater risk because of some new early release program.
As I have long said, our correctional facilities keep our communities safe, and we must continue to support them. That doesn’t mean there cannot be reform within Corrections, but a wholesale and ill-conceived closing of facilities is not the appropriate action. I continue to applaud your efforts and will do everything I can to protect the interests of Logan County as well as the State of Illinois as we work to avert this disaster of a decision and address the real fundamental spending problems in this state.
Thanks again for your efforts.
WILLIAM E. BRADY
State Senator – 44th District