State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason) released the following statement in response to the Governor’s Budget Address:
“Although there are parts of the Governor’s proposed budget that sound great, such as increases for public safety, a much-needed crime lab facility in Decatur, and human service increases to address mental health issues, I have serious concerns about its sustainability. This budget contains a continuous state operational increase of roughly $2.5 billion. After the federal stimulus money is spent and federal assistance programs end, I fear the same problems that our state’s finances have been plagued by for years will occur once again.
“The Governor’s one-year tax relief plan for gas and groceries is not enough for struggling Illinois families. The tax relief plan that the Senate Republican Caucus introduced earlier this week provides the residents of our state with real permanent relief, not election year gimmick relief. Property tax relief is essential to growing our state’s middle class. Illinois homeowners need more than a one-year property tax income credit increase. They need and deserve solutions that don’t expire after the election season, which is why we have offered a permanent credit increase.
“I look forward to being a part of the budget discussion and believe we have a real opportunity to provide necessary relief for all Illinoisans. I hope that the Governor and Senate Democrats include our voice and seriously consider our proposals as we all seek to keep Illinoisans in Illinois and make Illinois affordable again.”