Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) issued the following statement regarding today’s vote in the Illinois Senate to advance a balanced budget proposal and establish desperately needed fiscal stability in Illinois:

“This is a balanced, full-year budget with no new spending and $3 billion in cuts to government programs. Just as important, it lives within the governor’s recommended spending level outlined in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget he proposed in February.

“We coupled this budget with a series of reforms that reflect our priorities, as well as those of the governor, including term limits on legislative leaders, school funding reform, pension reform, procurement reform and local government consolidation.

“Coupled with the reforms we’ve already passed this spring and ones will continue to look at, I think we are well on our way to sending to Gov. Rauner a plan that should meet all of his requirements to stop holding the state of Illinois hostage after two years.

“Should that day come, perhaps then Gov. Rauner will be able to turn his attention to finding immediate solutions to such pressing downstate matters as school funding reform, job creation, the shortage of rural teachers and nurses, and the opioid crisis that’s sweeping Illinois.”

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