District 46 House candidate criticizes false spending in Madigan budget
Republican State Representative candidate Heidi Holan is calling out Illinois Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan’s caucus for a budget bill that calls for $40 billion in spending and only an estimated $33 billion in revenues.
The bill is 500 pages long. It’s an amendment to Senate Bill 2048, and it was left to legislators to make a vote within just 90 minutes.
“Are voters still under the delusion that Michael Madigan and his rubber-stamp caucus are working in the best interest of Illinois?” Holan, who is running for the state House in District 46, said. “Their constant clamoring about helping and serving the most vulnerable rings hollow because you cannot spend money you do not have.”
Despite the fact that the figure falls short by $7 billion, Madigan and his caucus hold their ground.
“The Springfield Democrats refuse to pass a tax hike to fund their fairytale spending — despite their supermajority ability to do so,” Holan said. “To fully fund the pet projects and bail out the dysfunctional Chicago Public School system as proposed would raise the taxes of the average family by $1,000 each year. Fully understanding that a tax hike will not please the majority of voters in their district, Democrats have banded together to pass an unbalanced budget. The victims in this political chicanery are, sadly, Illinois’ most vulnerable people. These are the ones that our state will not be able to serve with an unbalanced budget.”
Holan is calling for change that would help the local economy instead of Madigan’s caucus.
“This appropriation bill is not a balanced budget — and without a balanced budget to properly prioritize spending, the condition of Illinois’ most vulnerable will not improve,” Holan said. “The Madigan foot soldiers’ rhetoric does not match their actions in Springfield! The only logical conclusion is that this charade is intended to slide them past the general election without accountability to voters. My opponent, Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park), is a caucus member who has had ample opportunity to stand up to Madigan. Instead, she has thumbed her nose at the taxpayers — $33 billion does not equal $40 billion. It never has and it never will. If voters do not remember this come November, they will be the ones paying the cost of Madigan’s deceptive mathematics.”
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