SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Following Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s delivery of the annual State of the State address, state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, released the following statement:
“I am very encouraged by the progress Illinois has made in the last year, passing key reforms to build a stronger Illinois for middle-class families, including investments into job training programs to help local businesses and train the next generation of skilled laborers. I proudly helped pass a balanced, bipartisan budget and was a key mediator in negotiations of the state’s first capital investment plan in a decade.
“While great advancements have been made after years of partisan gridlock, I recognize that there is still much more work to be done to get our state back on the right track. To continue the progress of last year, I am committed to passing a balanced, bipartisan budget this spring to continue paying down the backlog of unpaid bills racked up by the Rauner administration, and investing in programs local families care about like public safety, schools and senior care.
“I will continue working in a bipartisan manner to build a stronger Illinois that puts middle-class families first by fighting for property tax relief, working for affordable health care and building a robust economy that supports high-wage jobs and paves a path to the middle class for residents of our community.”