Senator Brian Stewart released the following statement after Governor J. B. Pritzker delivered his first Budget Address February 20 to a joint session of legislators in the House of Representatives.
“The annual Budget Address is where we begin negotiations for the next fiscal year. Now we start the long process of considering every option and hammering out the details,” Senator Stewart said. “This year, our new Governor promised that he will work in a bipartisan manner; however, many of his early ideas, legislative actions, even this Budget Address do not reflect a spirit of compromise. The working class deserves more than lip service. I have real concerns about some aspects of this budget proposal. New taxes plus more spending without common-sense reforms or cuts to wasteful government programs are not the best ways to prioritize working families.”
As the legislative budget process gets under way, Senator Stewart says he stands ready to work with his fellow lawmakers to make the tough decisions necessary to pass a balanced budget with structural reforms that will boost the economy and jobs.
Fiscal Year 2020 runs from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.