A communication from State Senator Karen McConnaughay:
Budget Negotiations Continue into New Fiscal Year
Though yesterday marked the end of the current fiscal year, I can report that good-faith, bipartisan budget negotiations are still taking place among both legislative leaders and rank-and-file lawmakers.
Our meetings have been largely productive and positive, and at this juncture, I believe my colleagues on both sides of the aisle are genuinely trying to reach a resolution.
It is clear that any solution will require give-and-take from lawmakers representing both parties, and so far I’ve seen my colleagues demonstrating their willingness to meet in the middle.
While I am concerned about Speaker Madigan’s decision not to call any legislation for a vote this weekend, at this point I remain hopeful that our positive dialogue will continue.
We must maintain the sense of urgency that has been driving these positive conversations forward.
It’s that positive momentum that will propel us toward an agreement on both a balanced budget, and the structural reforms that are critical to reinvigorating Illinois’ economy and maintaining fiscal stability for the future.