Statement: Rauner’s Budget Acknowledges Tough Choices Ahead

"Today, Gov. Rauner followed up the sobering fiscal assessment he gave in his first State of the State Address by giving another even more sobering look at the reality of our state’s finances in his first Budget Address. The challenges facing our state are no secret and as I’ve said before, it gives me hope to see this reality being acknowledged by the Governor.

Gov. Rauner laid out his priorities to focus core spending toward public safety, education, and paying our states seemingly endless backlog of bills. However, as I and my colleagues review the full proposal and make recommendations, it will be my top priority to ensure that the needs of the 64th District are met.

Make no mistake, the next couple years may be very difficult, but turning Illinois around now is essential for the sake of current and future generations."

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