Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard.
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February 22, 2016
In This Issue:
Ø Breaking the Budget Gridlock
Ø Executive Order Seeks Better Coordination and Results
Ø Higher Education Crisis Growing
Ø County Boards Share Legislative Agendas
Ø Social Service Agencies Feel Different Effects
Breaking the Budget Gridlock
Since the General Assembly has failed to pass a balanced budget on its own, the Governor’s budget address last week came down to Governor Rauner asking the legislators to do one of two things. He said either work with him or give him authority to act alone.
The Governor’s tone was notably different than his last budget address and especially cooperative: “With my hand outstretched--with a genuine desire to compromise--I humbly ask you to join me in transforming our state for the better.” He continued to say just raising taxes without addressing the costs of government and improving the business climate of the state will merely drive more families and jobs out of Illinois.