ALTON, Ill. – During the special session of the Illinois General Assembly, state Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, has been committed to working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find a compromise on the demands by the governor in order for him to sign a full and balanced budget.
“When I was sent to Springfield by the 111th District, I understood that they wanted to see something done to get the state working again,” Beiser said. “That is why I am committed to finding compromise with the governor on his reform agenda. This means that legislators and the governor need to sit down and talk about what parts of his proposals we can support and some ideas that legislators would like to see included. At the end of the day each party will not get everything they want, but it will be a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, Governor Rauner fails to understand the meaning of compromise.”
This year, Beiser has supported legislation that met many of the governor’s demands including allowing the sale of the costly Thompson Center in Chicago, changing how the state buys goods and reducing fees on businesses. During the recent special session, Beiser worked with his Republican colleagues to find agreement on freezing property taxes, reforming the worker’s compensation system, making the pension system more sustainable and encouraging responsible government consolidation.
“The governor has threatened to veto legislation even when he supports and agrees with 90 percent of the proposal,” Beiser said. “By refusing to approve reforms that he wants and that the legislature is trying to work with him on, Governor Rauner continues to put his personal agenda and politics ahead of the needs of the people he works for. The people in the state of Illinois deserve better.”
For more on upcoming legislation, please contact Beiser’s full-time constituent service office at 618-465-5900.