|Smiddy's budget statement|
|News Releases - Business & Economy|
|Written by Rep. Mike Smiddy|
|Friday, 08 March 2013 15:55|
SPRINGFIELD, IL – In response to Governor Quinn’s annual budget address delivered on Wednesday, state Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Hillsdale) issued the following statement:
“Governor Quinn’s budget address highlighted the many fiscal challenges the state is facing and the urgency with which we must address these issues. As our debts pile on and families struggle to fully recover from the recession, state lawmakers have to be responsible in capping spending, preventing hardworking families from being hit with higher taxes, and paying down our bills.
“Just yesterday, I worked in a bipartisan manner in the House to take the first steps in crafting the next budget by agreeing to a plan of what we estimate the revenue will be coming into the state and setting a cap for spending. The House’s revenue estimates are more conservative than the governor’s estimates in his spending plan. These estimates will serve as the base of the House’s budgeting to ensure that limit our spending, pay down our backlog of bills, and commit to a more fiscally responsible budgeting process.
“As we make these difficult decisions to cut the state budget, we have to be careful that we are making smart cuts that do not hurt our long-term goals. I strongly disagree with the governor’s proposed $400 million in cuts the already-decimated education budget. Continuing to slash education spending will only make it more difficult for our youth to succeed in today’s ever-challenging job market, and I will fight to preserve educational opportunities for our students.
“I look forward to the opportunity to work with my colleagues and collaborate with the 71st District to find new and creative ways to cut the state budget, hold lawmakers accountable, and create a more fiscally sound state for our families.”
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