Budget Crisis Should Be Solved by End of Special Session

Springfield, IL… This evening, Governor Rauner delivered a historic address at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, calling for unity and bipartisanship from the General Assembly to end our state's budget impasse. State Representative Jerry Long (R-Streator) was reached for comment at the conclusion of the speech.

“The Governor made it very clear what he is expecting to see out of the special session,” stated Rep. Long.  “He wants the legislature to do its part and deliver a balanced budget that he can sign.  Passing an out-of-balance budget is unacceptable and we cannot afford to make the same mistakes that have led us into this dire situation. I am cautiously optimistic about the budget being put forward as I’m not sure what the final product will look like by the end of this month. I can promise the people of my district that I will be working across the aisle over the next ten days to come to the fairest deal for taxpayers. One that makes structural reforms that will attract job creators to create jobs and grow our economy, improves the way we provide for the future generation through education, and provides critical funding for state services that the most vulnerable in our community need.”

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