A press release from State Senator Karen McConnaughay:
McConnaughay Reacts to Budget, Tax Hike Votes
SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) offered the following reaction after the Illinois Senate voted to pass a permanent income tax hike and a budget, absent any substantial reforms.
“Throughout months of bipartisan negotiations I had real hope that we were going to come together to pass a budget, along with reforms that would put us back on track to fiscal solvency.
“We had an amazing opportunity before us to come together and create a better future for our children and grandchildren.
“Instead, what we got was more of the same kinds of actions that got us here in the first place.
“To say I’m disappointed about today’s legislative action would be a massive understatement.
“However, I remain committed to working together to make Illinois the state it once was and, with real reforms, can be again.”
And a press release that arrived almost simultaneously from State Senator Dan McConchie:
Sen. McConchie responds to budget plan
Springfield, IL… State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) releases the below statement following the House and Senate passing a budget plan, which includes a major tax increase:
“To say I am disappointed would be an understatement. Raising taxes and failing to address any of the fundamental issues that plague our state is detrimental to taxpayers.
“We’ve seen this before and it doesn’t work.
“This is the exact same failed approach the state took in 2011—increase taxes without addressing the underlying issues hurting our state.
“Continuing the mistakes of the past will not bring us a brighter future.
“This budget plan is bad for businesses and especially bad for families, and it certainly isn’t attracting people and businesses to Illinois.
“We had a real opportunity to come together and find bipartisan compromise. Unfortunately, today was a missed opportunity.
“Although I am saddened by the votes today, I remain committed to working to make Illinois competitive and a state that people can be proud to call home.”
“This budget plan is bad for businesses and especially bad for families.”
A press release from State Senator Pam Althoff:
Althoff on budget plan: “Hardest votes I’ve ever taken”
Springfield, IL… State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) releases the below statement following the House and Senate passing a budget plan:
“We all know that this state is in dire need of a balanced budget and structural reforms.
“However, as much as we want this uncertainty to end, I could not vote for the budget plan that passed today.
“I know we can do better, and I know that together we can present a plan that is bipartisan and is good for taxpayers.
“I know a budget is desperately needed, and I know people are struggling in this state.
“Believe me, these were some of the hardest votes I’ve ever had to take during my time as a legislator.
“But I couldn’t vote for something that permanently raises taxes and does nothing to address the fundamental issues that plague our state.
“This budget plan does not help taxpayers and does not attract new people and businesses to this state.
“There is more work to be done to ensure that we are working in the best interest of all Illinois residents.
“I remain committed to working to making Illinois a place that we all can be proud of.”