Rep. Morrison Responds to House Approval of Bills that Close $1.6 Billion Budget Shortfall

In response to the Illinois House approval today of House Bills 317 and 318, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) has issued the following statement:

“Today the Illinois House took bold action to fix the sham budget approved by Democrats last year. The fiscal year 15 budget was out of balance by $1.6 billion, a fact that former Governor Pat Quinn knew full-well when he signed it. Through these two bipartisan votes we have prevented devastating service disruptions in key budget areas like court reporters, services for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled and payroll at our prisons.”

“It is important to note that granting emergency budget authority to the Governor is not without precedent. Similar authority was given to former Governors Quinn and Edgar. My hope is that the Senate follows our lead and approves these two bills so Governor Rauner will have the flexibility he needs to balance the budget he inherited in January.”

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