Local lawmakers are reacting to Governor JB Pritzker’s annual budget address that was held on Wednesday. Pritzker is proposing a more than $41 billion dollar budget for the next fiscal year that does not raise taxes but does rely on federal relief.
The budget plan from the governor, which spends less than the current budget holds education spending at current levels, ends some corporate tax benefits and counts on Illinois receiving money from the federal government. the governor says federal relief money should also go towards small business grants.
He urges lawmakers to pass ethics reforms this spring and pledge 60 million dollars immediately to the Illinois Department of Employment Security to help speed up benefit claims processing.
38th District State Senator Sue Rezin said the budget is not balanced.
She also said the budget does not address the pension crisis.
State Senator Patrick Joyce said he is pleased to see the proposed budget support struggling families and family-owned businesses while ensuring the state is spending within its means.
Meanwhile, 79th District State Representative Jackie Haas shared her thoughts about the budget.
75th District State Rep David Welter did not release a statement regarding the budget address.