Following weeks of frustrating and contentious negotiations with Democratic leaders, Senator Bill Brady(R-Bloomington) said today he is sponsoring a major package of legislation to freeze property taxes, improve Illinois’ jobs climate, and transform state government with term limits and redistricting reform.
“Governor Rauner has said all along that he wants to change the inner workings of government in Illinois. After 12 years of failed Democratic budgets and poor leadership, the time has come to follow his lead. This legislative package has my full support, and I am delighted to be sponsoring it along with other Republican leaders,” Brady said. “It is unfortunate that the Democrats in Springfield have been more interested in business as usual rather than helping us move Illinois forward.”
The legislation Sen. Brady is co-sponsoring includes the following reforms:
·Freezing Illinois property taxes: currently the 2nd highest of any state
·Supporting local control: option to increase through local referendum
·Improving Illinois’ jobs climate: recently ranked 3rd worst in the country
·Workers’ compensation reform
·Reforming State Government: Illinois was called “the worst-run state in the country” last year
·Term limits for legislators and a constitutional amendment for executive officeholders – Illinois would join 15 other states with term limits. Senator Brady has repeatedly called for term limits during his tenure in the General Assembly.
· Redistricting reform – Constitutional amendment to create an independent commission for fair and balanced districts. Senator Brady believes the voters should pick the politicians rather than the politicians picking the voters.
Unfortunately, despite repeated calls for reform from Brady and other Republican lawmakers, Governor Rauner’s legislative agenda seems to have fallen on deaf ears on the other side of the aisle.
Instead of participating in good-faith negotiations, Democrats have stalled, engaged in political theater, and used the May 31st end-of-session deadline as a negotiating tactic to prepare a broken, short-sighted budget that has been the status quo for the last 12 years. According to Brady, the time has come to change the way state government does business.
“Governor Rauner and I are trying to enact real, business-friendly, responsible reforms that will move Illinois in a better direction and create a stronger, more vibrant future for the citizens of our state. The Democrats are pushing the same kind of irresponsible, dishonest budgets and tax hikes that will keep Illinois from thriving,” said Brady. “The difference is clear: Let’s dig ourselves out of this hole rather than digging the hole deeper.”