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Written by Katie Vallen
Monday, 09 May 2011 14:27
Grassroots Leader Pushes Spending Reforms in Springfield to Reverse Bad Budget Cycle
MOLINE – With state government struggling to find a way out of its budget malaise, the leader of a statewide grassroots organization today teamed with a key state lawmaker on a package of commonsense ideas to enact spending reforms in Illinois. Adam Andrzejewski, CEO and Founder of For the Good of Illinois, outlined his “We’re Spent” message in the Quad Cities as he pushes an ambitious legislative agenda that would fix some longtime problems with the state budget.
Andrzejewski teamed with state Rep. Rich Morthland outside Morthland’s Moline district office to explain why the pillars of his public policy agenda respond aggressively to the feeling by many Illinoisans that “We’re Spent” highlighting the lack of action in reining in state spending. The reforms the grassroots leader proposes will get the state back on solid financial footing, both this year and going forward.
For the Good of Illinois Legislative Agenda
· PayGo Budgeting (House Bill 111): This concept is very simple yet very effective: Don’t spend more money than you bring in. PAYGO restores sensibility to budgeting. If you want to spend more, you need to cut that exact amount to offset that spending increase. Families and businesses do it all the time, so should government.
· New purchasing for universities (House Bill 89): This measure ensures better overall oversight of how state universities spend their money by creating a universal purchasing system – key at a time when several continue to raise tuition on incoming students, in some cases significantly.
· Meaningful spending caps (Senate Bill 36): This measure provides real, meaningful spending caps on our budget by limiting spending to 1.5 percent annual increases.
“All across Illinois, citizens say ‘We’re spent’ – they’re tired of more tax-and-spend politics driving the agenda. My plan shifts the conversation to how we can better spend our money – keep costs reasonable and always make sure we have enough money to pay the bills. That’s the only way we’ll ever get back on track in Illinois. I hope lawmakers embrace these good ideas and will work to get them approved this spring for a better Illinois,” Andrzejewski said.
“Adam is dead on with the ‘We’re Spent’ agenda. We can’t keep ignoring what’s putting us in these huge money holes year after year. I gladly join Adam and several colleagues in strongly supporting these initiatives and will work hard over these next weeks to get them approved in Springfield,” Morthland said.
About For The Good of Illinois
For the Good of Illinois is a nonprofit organization promoting self-governance in Illinois by engaging, educating and empowering citizens to demand limited, accountable and transparent government of, by, and for the people. Adam Andrzejewski is the CEO and Founder. For more information, please visit www.ForTheGoodofIllinois.org.