“The Governor needs to act decisively, stop being afraid of the House Speaker and the Senate President and bring them back to the Capitol to finish their work,” Senator Brady said. “Once again, the state has started a new fiscal year without a budget in place.”
Senator Brady said when it became clear there was not enough support for Governor Quinn’s proposed 50% increase in personal income taxes and a 50% increase in taxes on employers – the largest tax increase in the state’s history – the Democrat majorities in the Senate and House passed a budget May 31 that targets human service providers.
“We have been hearing a lot about the choices that were made in that budget, which was approved in the final hours of the legislative session in May. I did not support that budget,” Senator Brady said.
“It is important to note that that the Democrat leaders made the decision to impose draconian cuts to the state’s human service programs and services,” he added. “It was a conscious choice by Democrat leaders to increase spending in some areas of the budget and place the burden for absorbing budget cuts on human service agencies. Overall, the budget provided about 90% of the funding originally requested by the Governor, but cut about 50% from human services agency funding.”