WESTCHESTER, Ill.— State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, offers the following statement on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State Address:
“When I talk to my constituents, they share with me how the budget impasse is affecting their lives. Day cares have closed, women haven’t been able receive cancer screenings and seniors are losing meals, rides to the doctor and health care services. This isn’t an abstract problem to people living in my district; they are suffering from the inaction from the governor to put in place a budget.
“I don’t disagree that reforms have to be made to make Illinois stronger and grow our economy, but this will not be done by decimating social services that our communities rely on and destroying the rights of workers. If the governor is serious about getting reforms he will work with legislators to create a budget.
“When a budget is in place, I look forward to working with the governor and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass legislation that encourages businesses to come to our communities, create jobs and invest in Illinois. However, these reforms must be a negotiated between all interested parties and balance the rights of workers, needs of businesses and future of Illinois. As we try to move Illinois forward, we cannot leave working families behind.”
For more information, please contact Rep. Welch’s constituent service office at 708-450-100 or email@example.com.
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