BELLEVILLE, Ill. – State Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, issued the following statement Thursday in response to a Republican press conference on the budget:
“Instead of following their failed Rauner-era playbook, we took real action to proactively pay down debt, eliminated the Rauner Bill Backlog and secured multiple credit upgrades. We’re moving forward, making historic investments in public safety and education while delivering real relief for families at the grocery store and at the pump.
“We negotiated with business and labor to take strong, responsible action on the unemployment insurance fund and pension obligations – bringing needed stability that will result in more than $1 billion in savings for taxpayers. While Republicans were at the table, they refused to put forward any real solutions. Despite their talk, they repeatedly voted against fiscal responsibility, paying debt early and interest savings.
“Instead of using tired, misleading political rhetoric, we encourage our colleagues across the aisle to join us in supporting Illinois families as we deliver actual fiscal responsibility.”