SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Chris Welch, D-Hillside, issued the following statement in response to Governor Rauner’s budget address:
“As I talk to constituents in the 7th District every day, they tell me about the real ways the state’s months-long budget impasse is hurting them and their loved ones. Countless social service providers have been forced to cut back – some have laid off workers – while those who count on those critical services are left with nowhere to turn. If this continues for much longer, the consequences will get even more severe.
“While I appreciated the governor’s remarks and understand the need to make additional reforms that will help Illinois become more competitive and promote economic growth, this cannot be done on the backs of working men and women across our state.
“No other governor in recent history has held a budget, and the people of Illinois, hostage to his demands for the passage of an extreme agenda, which has very little legislative support. I truly hope Gov. Rauner takes President Obama’s remarks from last week seriously by deciding to compromise and negotiating with Democrats in good faith to craft a responsible budget.”
Welch represents the 7th District which includes all or portion of Bellwood, Berkeley, Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, La Grange Park, Maywood, River Forest and Westchester. For more information, contact Welch’s constituent service office at 708-450-1000, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.emanuelchriswelch.com.
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