Republicans Disengage from Springfield Budget Process

A press release from State Rep. Steve Andersson:

Andersson Reacts to Piecemeal Budget Amendments

Today, Illinois House Republicans sent a message to House Democrats on a $2.7 billion piecemeal spending plan that selectively targeted specific human services line items for restoration.

Weary of the process, Republicans unanimously voted “Present” on all the legislation with the intention of sending a strong message that this broken budget process was unacceptable.

Representative Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) released the following statement in reaction to the action.

Steve Andersson

Steve Andersson

“Today’s votes on part of the State’s fiscal year 2016 budget was disappointing and should cause all citizens great concern about how we govern.

“The Democrat leadership decided to piecemeal portions of the budget, ignore the entire budgeting process, and ram through spending without any reasoned review or consideration.

“This budget bill was not negotiated or discussed, and is a disappointing display of all that is wrong in Springfield.”


Republicans Disengage from Springfield Budget Process — 2 Comments

  1. This was House Bill 4141 (HB 4141) in the 99th General Assembly.

    HB 4141 has only one sponsor, Michael J Madigan.

    There have been 16 amendments filed to the bill.

    None of the amendments are viewable to the public.


    The bill is 2 pages long.

    Here are the contents of those two pages.

    “Synopsis as Introduced:
    Appropriates $2 from the General Revenue Fund to the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget for its FY16 ordinary and contingent expenses. Effective July 1, 2015.

    An Act making appropriations.

    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented 2 in the General Assembly:

    Section 5. The amount of $2, or so much of that amount 4 as may be necessary, is appropriated from the General Revenue 5 Fund to the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget for 6 its ordinary and contingent expenses.

    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1, 8 2015.”


    Lousy transparency by the House to reveal what’s being proposed in the budget.

    It should be easier for the public to determine exactly what’s being proposed in that particular budget bill, as there are many budget bills.

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