Budget passed in truncated session. Despite challenges in courts, Pritzker expects to issue more rules, possible extended orders

Budget passed in truncated session. Despite challenges in courts, Pritzker expects to issue more rules, possible extended orders

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The state has a budget. Lawmakers agreed to a $40 billion spending plan. But what lawmakers didn’t do, is follow through on a request from the Governor to put into law a way to help enforce the stay at home order.

Pritzker’s earlier decision to call for a class A misdemeanor for businesses ignoring rules to stay closed caused an uproar of opposition and forced him to withdraw it. Pritzker then asked the legislature to pass a law to enforce a fine for disobeying the orders. They did not and Pritzker took notice.

The legislature is scheduled to return this fall. The governor also said his administration is eyeing extending his orders that expire at the end of the month. But Pritzker’s orders have recently been challenged by state representatives and individual business owners across the state.

 

State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) voted no on legislation that creates the FY 2021 budget set to take effect July 1.

Rep. Bryant says the record spending budget, more than $42 billion, gives too much authority to Governor Pritzker and relies on borrowing money from the Federal government that may never come.

“The FY 21 budget was put together solely by Governor Pritzker and the Democrats,” Bryant said. “Just like the COVID-19 crisis has shown, House Democrats are willing to hand over as much power to JB Pritzker as he wants to take. I want to help the citizens of Illinois that are suffering, but this budget borrows too much money and spends too much money.”

House Republicans demanded answers as to why $7 billion in spending authority was granted to Governor JB Pritzker, who has a recent record of questionable decision making in response to the COVID crisis.

“I feel strongly that Governor Pritzker has failed to bring the people of this state together behind his plan to reopen the economy. He has failed to reach across the aisle and work with the legislature in a collaborative and meaningful way,” Bryant said. “This governor shut our economy down and kept people in their homes for seven weeks! We demanded to participate and the Governor failed to consult with local units of government and the legislature in crafting his reopening plan. We’ve seen the same mode of operation when it came to passing this out of balance, record spending, and irresponsible borrowing budget.”

 

 

The following statement can be attributed to State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) regarding the budget passed by the Illinois General Assembly:
“Responding to a more than $6B budget shortfall by increasing discretionary spending and borrowing billions of dollars is not responsible government.  Instead, it is proof that Governor Pritzker and his enablers in the Illinois General Assembly are either unable or unwilling to make the difficult choices commensurate with true leadership.  Not only does this disastrous budget not address any of Illinois’ long-term problems, it will make them far worse.”

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