Statement - Jesiel Echoes Governor: Put Priority on Next Generation, Not Next Election
on Wednesday, February 17, 2016
I also appreciated that his address made future generations a key priority. As he said, ‘The next generation should be our priority, not the next election.’ Whatever final budget is approved will impact the next generation and I was happy that he put such great emphasis on education. A focus on starting young should be a priority, as he mentioned, and his request for a clean K-12 education bill that doesn’t take from one district to pay for another is also reasonable and encouraging.
The ultimate takeaway is compromise. It must happen to solve this budget crisis. He’s shown he is willing and ready to make it happen, so hopefully those who have been resistant will take advantage of this opportunity to find common ground. A reformed budget built on compromise is the key to lasting change in Illinois and Governor Rauner provided two clear options for a way forward today.”