CHICAGO – In response to the governor’s State of the State address, state Rep. Theresa Mah, D-Chicago, released the following statement:
“The state is continuing on a path without a state budget, and the resulting impacts are hurting both the middle-class as well as the most vulnerable residents in our communities.
“We need to focus on putting more people back to work and making sure that our state is working for all residents, not just the super wealthy who have benefited under the current system.
“The true mark of the state of the state is the health and prosperity of the working families who call Illinois home, not the interests and well-being of the bureaucracy. These families are struggling and we need to renew our efforts to passing laws that encourage economic growth that prioritizes creating jobs.
“I am committed to working with Democrats and Republicans to pass the needed reforms, so long as they put working families ahead of corporate profits, because that is the only way to truly strengthen the state of the state.”
Mah is serving her first term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 2nd District, which includes the Chicago neighborhoods of Pilsen, Chinatown, Bridgeport, McKinley Park, Brighton Park and Back of the Yards.