SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Following Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Budget Address, state Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, D-Glenview, issued the following statement:
“As the costs of healthcare, college, and everyday expenses continue to rise, we cannot continue to balance our budget and blindly cut funding on the backs of the middle class. With the beginning of a new chapter, we have the opportunity to correct many of the reckless mistakes of the past. Hardworking families in our communities have suffered due to the instability of the state, but I am hopeful with a new administration that we can finally begin to repair the damage caused over the last four years and move Illinois forward.
“As the financial stewards of our state, we must craft a responsible and sensible budget that aims to modernize our government, seeks efficient solutions and controls costs. It is our fiduciary responsibility that we provide services our communities rely on by prioritizing investment in our schools and vital programs to help our most vulnerable. Our taxpayers deserve to know that their dollars are being spent responsibly.
“When we invest in people, the state of the state is bright. We need smart investments in our families to grow our economy and create an equal playing field for those who wish to do their part. I look forward to working with Governor Pritzker and my colleagues in the House and Senate on finding comprehensive solutions to our budgetary problems while advocating for progressive values in our negotiations to rebuild the state to truly have equal opportunity.”