Sandack praises colleagues for approving budget bills
State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Dist. 81) praised the Illinois House on Tuesday for coming together to pass House Bills 317 and 318.
Sandack said the House worked in a bipartisan manner to close a $1.6 billion budget hole that Gov. Bruce Rauner inherited when he took office in January.
"The votes we took were difficult, but necessary, so that our court system can remain open, our most vulnerable citizens can continue to receive important services, the state can meet payroll obligations at our prisons and low-income working families can have uninterrupted access to the child-care assistance program," Sandack said.
The budget crisis, Sandack said, is the greatest the state has faced to date. However, both bills allow the state to continue to function through fiscal year 2015.
"These bills grant Governor Rauner the flexibility he needs to balance the fiscal year 2015 budget, and while the 2.25 percent reduction in general revenue funding is unfortunate, the governor will have discretionary funds at his disposal to backfill cuts to schools and programs," Sandack said.