We have a critical message today for all the people of Illinois.
Our state is at a crossroads. We can either keep going down the path of broken budgets, stopgap spending, higher taxes and disappearing jobs — or we can demand a truly balanced budget, job creation and property tax relief.
Just last week, one Republican senator proposed a balanced budget plan with hard spending caps, job creation, a property tax freeze, term limits and pension reform. His proposal was ignored. Instead, Speaker Madigan’s long-awaited stopgap could be introduced within hours.
Stopgap spending plans do nothing to balance the budget — they don't grow jobs — they don't freeze property taxes — they don’t fix a broken system. They force higher debt and higher taxes down the road. They keep our universities, community colleges and social service agencies on the verge of collapse with no permanent funding to keep their lines of credit intact.
A few months ago, I told you that Speaker Madigan and his majority Democrats would not support a truly balanced budget with the changes we need to create jobs and lower property taxes. And we said we wouldn’t support the Speaker’s tax-hike forcing, stopgap spending without something real and lasting to protect taxpayers — something like a permanent property tax freeze.
That commitment remains steadfast. Instead of focusing on stopgaps that serve the Springfield insiders, we should be coming together to pass real and lasting solutions to our problems — a truly balanced budget, job creation, a property tax freeze, spending caps, term limits and pension reform.
We hope the Speaker’s majority will reconsider. But we cannot accept a Madigan stopgap without a permanent property tax freeze to protect the hard working taxpayers of Illinois.
Governor of Illinois