Manar02152017Central Illinois will continue to bear the economic brunt of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget stalemate as long as he is willing to leverage it for reforms that benefit his wealthy friends, Senator Andy Manar said today.

The budget recommendations the governor announced in his address to the General Assembly are about $5 billion out of balance.

“I heard very little in the budget address today to make me believe the governor plans to put an end this two-year budget impasse or that he’s come to understand the economic upheaval he’s caused in central Illinois, where many families and business owners rely on state government for their paychecks and their health insurance,” Manar said.

“There are real-life consequences every day that goes by that the governor refuses to propose and embrace a balanced budget. Small businesses close. People can’t pay their bills or schedule doctor appointments. Auto dealerships don’t sell cars, and real estate agents don’t sell homes. People stop going out to dinner and to movies. They burn through their savings.

“Gov. Rauner has put the squeeze on central Illinois families and businesses in a way no one has ever seen. We need to enact a balanced budget and end this impasse immediately.”

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