Here’s what State Rep. Peter Breen sees happening in Springfield. Breen is from Lombard.
The fiscal fate of Illinois rests in the hands of the most political man in Illinois, or probably even the country, Speaker Michael J. Madigan, and that’s how he likes it.
Today is day 8 of Governor Rauner’s 10-day Special Session.
With only 3 days left until the end of the fiscal year, after two years without a budget, we are facing the precipice of becoming the first state in the country to fall into “junk” status, indicative of utter financial collapse.
Yesterday, Speaker Michael Madigan filed a series of spending and alleged “reform” measures.
The problem with these bills is that Madigan claims they are “compromise,” which is utterly false.
House Republicans are currently engaged in good-faith negotiations with House Democrats, but instead of respecting that process, Madigan has put his one-sided bills onto the floor.
These bills are dead on arrival, since every bill after May 31 requires a bipartisan supermajority for approval.
The rumors in Springfield are that Mike Madigan wants to put off any budget agreement until after June 30, so that the state goes into junk status.
He wants to blame Governor Rauner for the impasse and resulting destruction–it’s reported that he wants to use the tag line “Governor Junk.”
From where I stand, the person who deserves that moniker is Madigan:
He’s the one who’s racked up the massive debt we face, over the decades of his rule. He’s the one who rejects reforms to help our jobs climate.
He’s the one who opposes any attempt to clean up Illinois government.
If we reach July 1 without a budget, Mike Madigan will go down in the history books as “Speaker Junk.”
I ran for office in order to make life better for you, your family, and your neighbors.
As we count down the final days of this fiscal year, I’m fighting hard to pass good bills and defeat bad bills, to help turn our state around.
Please continue to keep me and all of your legislators in your thoughts and prayers!