State Rep. Jerry Long Comments on Speaker’s Stopgap Spending Plan

Springfield…. State Rep. Jerry Long (R-Streator) today issued the following statement in reaction to Speaker Madigan’s latest attempt to postpone the passage of a full year budget by simply proposing yet another stopgap spending plan:

“It has been clear for a long time that Speaker Madigan’s plan was to only pass stopgap spending plans,” stated Long. “This is how his side of the aisle works. Right as we are approaching a break, the Democrats push through a spending plan that never balances and ultimately fails to fix the real problems affecting our state.

It seems that the legislature has forgotten that we are bound by the Illinois Constitution, Article VIII Section 2 Paragraph B, to require that we ensure that our expenditures do not outpace our total revenue. The Democratic majority has chosen to ignore this simple fact and pass legislation that does nothing to pay down our $13 billion bill backlog, our $130 billion pension liability, or address any other long term problems for that matter. We have to stop doing the same thing time and time again. By kicking this can down the road, they have directly endangered the future of this State.”  

The bill will now move to the Senate for deliberation. Constituents interested in details regarding any legislation should either visit or contact Rep. Long’s office via email or by phone at 815-510-9689.

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