EDWARDSVILLE, Ill – State Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers to return to the table to compromise on a more honest, balanced budget deal that protects taxpayers and ensures residents maintain access to vital services.
“Despite the fact the Senate proposed a spending plan, our work in Springfield is not done,” Stuart said. “As seniors, children with disabilities and other vulnerable residents face uncertainty on the future of their care and well-being, it’s critical that we continue work to pass a more responsible plan that respects their needs while ensuing we can meet our state’s challenges in the long and short term. No single party can bring a resolution to this crisis by itself, which is why I am calling on the governor and lawmakers from both chambers to come back to the table and get the job done.”
Stuart and House appropriations committees have continued to review the budget proposal from the Senate, and are concerned that the plan involves a number of budgetary gimmicks that will cost taxpayers long-term. The Senate plan is balanced on projections of items not yet in place, including a pension bill and changes to state employee insurance premiums that have not been agreed to by state employees. Additionally, the measure would allow for billions of dollars in borrowing without addressing a way to repay the debt.
Stuart is also concerned about the impact the budget would have on those who rely on critical services that would have their budgets slashed. Women who need breast cancer screenings, developmentally disabled and college students who depend on MAP grants to go to school would be affected.
While lawmakers are back in session in Springfield, Stuart will continue her pledge to not take a salary while there is no budget.
“We cannot force a budget that is irresponsible and dishonest to the people in our state,” Stuart said. “It’s critical that we put aside partisan games, come together and bring a final resolution to this manufactured crisis that has hurt too many.”