Proposed budget needs more conversation, fewer tax increases
State Senator Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) is providing his thoughts on today’s budget proposal offered by Governor J.B. Pritzker. Sen. Plummer said the outline was really only the starting point, and that he hopes lawmakers can move forward in the spirit of bipartisanship.
“He talked a lot about bipartisanship, hopefully that continues, because if we want to turn Illinois around we all need to be headed in the same direction,” said Sen. Plummer. “I know the Republicans are willing to work with the Governor, if he is willing to work with us.”
Sen. Plummer was glad to see Governor Pritzker was aiming to present a budget that is balanced, however, he believes the proposal was only balanced based on increasing fees, hiking taxes, and on the hope of future revenues.
“Illinois is suffering from years of bad decisions—taxes, spending, and borrowing. Unfortunately these all push people to leave the state.” said Sen. Plummer. “I’m concerned about the condition Illinois will be in if we continue down this path. We need to control our spending and enact reforms that encourage our economy to grow. That can only be done by working together.”
Sen. Plummer said the spirit of bipartisanship was represented as he was one of two Republicans selected to escort the Governor into the Illinois House chambers prior to the speech. More information and resources can be discovered on Senator Plummer’s legislative website at senatorjasonplummer.com and on Twitter @jasonplummerusa.
About Senate District 54:
The 54th State Senate District encompasses all or portions of Bond, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Madison, Marion, St. Clair, and Washington Counties. It stretches from Edwardsville to Effingham, covering suburbs of St. Louis and historic rural communities, including Vandalia, Illinois’ previous capitol city. The 54th District is home to over 200,000 people.
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