However, while the Governor’s action was an encouraging sign, Democrat legislative leaders have yet to agree to effective ethics reform measures, ending the partisan gerrymandering of the state and making needed spending cuts and structural reforms.
Despite Democrats’ desire to increase income taxes as a way to bolster state revenues, Senate Republicans have consistently said that before any revenue discussion can begin, real, substantive changes must be made to the way business is done in Springfield. Simply increasing taxes in order to dump billions of new dollars into the state’s broken system would be a mistake.
NEW WEB SITE EXPLAINS NEED TO STOP GERRYMANDERING
This week, Senate Republicans unveiled a new, informational Web site about reforms that would end the excessive partisan gerrymandering of the state and restore the right to free and fair elections to voters.
The site can be found at www.gerrymandering.senategop.net.
The reforms were developed by the non-partisan Illinois Reform Commission, appointed by Governor Quinn and chaired by former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins.
DEMOCRATS TARGET HUMAN SERVICES IN CUTS
We have been hearing a lot about the choices that were made in the budget approved in the final hours of the legislative session in May.
I did not support that budget.
It is important to note that that the decision to impose draconian cuts to the state’s human service programs and services 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.
Kudos to Illinois State University’s University High School. For the second year in a row, U-High has been named in Newsweek’s listing of America’s top public high schools.