Mike Tryon’s Monthly Message

A Message From Illinois State Representative Michael W. Tryon  |  District 64
March 19, 2010

Dear friends,

Mike Tryon

With an unprecedented budget deficit of $13 billion facing Illinois, it’s no secret that things need to change in Springfield.

The wrong solution is to propose a tax increase. Gov. Quinn’s proposal would increase the income tax by 33 percent and would result in an, on average, a $1,000 tax increase per household.

To saddle the families of Illinois with an even greater tax burden, when many are struggling to make ends-meet, would be irresponsible.

The fact is, this crisis was created by years of irresponsible spending and complete financial incompetence. If we are serious about addressing the deficit, and erasing the mistakes of the past 10 years, we must immediately enact a number of responsible, reasonable budget cuts and reforms.

For example, I have proposed legislation called the Truth in Accounting Act of 2010 which will move Illinois to full accrual accounting standards. This will put everyone involved in the budget process on the same page by offering a real look at the fiscal condition of the state.

I’m also supporting efforts to reform the Medicaid system which will result in more than $2 billion in savings to the state.

Under Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Medicaid spending alone increased by almost 50 percent, from $9.5 billion to $14 billion, in only four years. We need to repeal some of those expansions, and include other reforms, such as residency requirements and a renewal process for Medicaid recipients.

Unfortunately, for reasons that I cannot understand, House Speaker Mike Madigan has refused to allow these bills and others like them, to be heard for a vote. These are common sense, bipartisan approaches to reforming state government.

I urge you to contact both Gov. Pat Quinn and Speaker Mike Madigan to ask them to support responsible budget cuts and reforms to reduce the deficit and move our state forward.

Governor Pat Quinn                Speaker Mike Madigan
207 State House                   300 State House
Springfield, IL 62706              Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-0244                     (217) 782-5350

Looking for Volunteers

Groups and individuals throughout the state are already feeling the affects of the state’s budget crisis, and many have contacted my office directly to ask for help. It is our hope to respond to these questions and requests as quickly as possible. To help us accomplish this we are looking for volunteers to help us work through all the correspondence we have received.

If you are interested in helping or know someone who is, such as a high school or college student looking for an internship, please contact my office at mike@miketryon.com or 815.459.6453.

As always, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding state issues.  It is an honor to serve you in Springfield.

Michael Tryon
State Representative – 64th District

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