Senator Stewart statement on budget vote

Senator Brian Stewart released the following statement after voting against a Fiscal Year 2020 state budget bill.

“A spending plan of more than $40 billion was presented to lawmakers in the Senate less than 20 minutes before the General Assembly was scheduled to adjourn on May 31. That is unconscionable. I will not vote for a bill when I do not know what is in it. As with so many things, the devil is in the details.

“The annual Budget Address in February was supposed to be where we began negotiations for the next fiscal year. Now several months later, we are handed a very large document and asked to vote on a moment’s notice. This budget in no way reflects a spirit of compromise.

“From the few things we have been told about this budget, I have real concerns. A number of new taxes and higher fees plus more spending without common-sense reforms or cuts to wasteful programs will only add to the already heavy tax burden carried by hard-working taxpayers of Illinois. Working families deserve better.”

Fiscal Year 2020 runs from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.