Governor’s Budget Address

Speaking to a joint session of the Illinois House and Senate on Wednesday, Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his annual Budget Address, outlining his priorities and introducing his third balanced budget in as many years to be considered by lawmakers. Saying “We must think anew and act anew,” the Governor presented a balanced budget that focuses on the future.

At the request of senators from both parties, Governor Rauner outlined his parameters to the General Assembly on the Senate’s “grand bargain” compromise. He made it clear that the final product must be a good deal for taxpayers and job creators.

Responding to the Governor's address, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) said, “The Governor touched on two things during his address that I think are especially important: first, growing our economy is the only way to get out of this financial mess, and second, the budget must be a good deal that makes sense for taxpayers and job creators. Soaring property taxes are decimating property values in my district, which is driving residents and businesses across the border to Wisconsin. Add in excessive regulations coming out of Springfield that are driving even more out of Illinois, and we have the perfect storm killing economic opportunity. As the legislature works on a budget, we must consider the impact of our current taxes and regulations, and if a new one will cause more to leave; it will only make our financial problems worse. The people of Illinois deserve better. As the Governor suggested, we need economic growth to outpace government growth to solve our budget crisis.”

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