Multiple Legislators spoke out for and against Governor JB Pritzker’s State of the State and the Budget Address on Wednesday afternoon with many Republicans accusing Governor Pritzker of using gimmicks to try to get around the same issues previous Governors had been criticized for doing.
Representative Avery Bourne says that she is disappointed with the budget address.
Newly appointed Senator Doris Turner issued a statement, “Today’s budget proposal from Governor Pritzker shows that he understands that crucial human services need to be maintained in order for a complete economic recovery once we return to normalcy. Those who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 will reap the benefits of a bolstered Illinois Department of Employment Security, mental health services, and senior assistance programs. These investments will go a long way to ensuring the correction of systemic failures which hurt so many during the COVID-19 crisis. There are some encouraging aspects of the governor’s proposal, and I look forward to further discussions with him and his team to improve upon it. People from all corners of the 48th district are hurting, and I intend to play a key role in delivering the relief they sorely deserve.”
Senator Steve McClure says that while there are things that he agrees with, the budget is not balanced.
McClure warns Illinoisans that all this is doing is increasing taxes and hurting Illinoisans.
You can hear the whole State of the State and Budget Address below.