SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) says he voted against a Fiscal Year 2022 state spending plan jammed through by Democrat leaders well after midnight because it spends billions on new programs while cutting hundreds of millions in jobs-creating incentives at a time when Illinois’ pandemic-weary economy needs them the most.
“A year of government-ordered shutdowns have nearly destroyed our economy, but Gov. Pritzker and Democrat legislative leaders continue their tax-and-spend ways through a go-it-alone approach and making decisions with little to no input by all duly-elected lawmakers. Strictly partisan deals are struck in back rooms and then stacks of documents – more than 3,000 pages – are handed to us minutes before the budget is called for a vote.
It should be no surprise that I did not support the Democrats’ bloated budget. It’s simply putting lipstick on a pig.
The Governor and Democrat legislative leaders must take responsibility for Illinois’ economic mess. They need to start making the hard decisions that taxpayers have to make every day. And ALL lawmakers must have a seat at the negotiating table as those decisions are being made. Illinoisans deserve better.”
Stewart says Senate Republicans have tried repeatedly to work with Democrat leaders to pass a balanced budget with the business and government reforms needed to boost Illinois’ economy and jobs; however, their attempts have been repeatedly rebuffed.
Fiscal Year 2022 runs from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.