Rep. Long's Statement Regarding the Adjournment of Session

Springfield, IL… State Rep. Jerry Long (R-Streator) today released the following statement after the Illinois House of Representatives failed to produce or pass a balanced budget.

“For some time now we have been calling on our Democratic colleagues to deviate from the political games and join us to work on a balanced budget with reforms to grow our economy. But these requests have fallen on deaf ears.

“There has been no attempt at a budget nor real, meaningful reforms by the House Democrats.  Instead they have spent the last 5 months attacking Republicans in order to distract from their own shortcomings. Time after time, they blamed the Governor and House Republicans for the problems of our state, when in fact Democrats had total control of state government for more than 12 years. During that time they increased spending, raised taxes, raided pensions, and not once did our expenditures match our revenues.

“It is imperative that we come together to pass a full-year, balanced budget that provides for our families and for the most vulnerable in our communities. Education, human services, and public safety have all fallen victim to these political games.  Let’s come together to accomplish what the taxpayers sent us here to do.”

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