Bellock blasts budget, hopes for better outcome with school funding
Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) told her constituents recently that she voted against the new state budget because it is unsustainable and she is opposed to the current education funding bill because it is unfair.
“Illinois cannot tax its way to prosperity,” Bellock posted on her website. “The only sustainable way to restore stability and health to the Illinois budget is through private-sector job growth. More jobs would mean more people paying taxes and natural revenue growth for the state without the need to raise taxes. At the same time, the state must begin to live within its means, not spending more than we take in.”
Bellock criticized the state's education funding measure, SB1, for treating Chicago Public Schools in a preferential way.
“Our children’s education is too important not to get this right,” Bellock wrote. “The idea of school funding reform is to help all children in Illinois prosper. Suburban school children deserve fair funding too. I urge my colleagues to come together on a better approach that ensures equitable funding of all schools in Illinois.”
SB1 was sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday, but as of Tuesday morning, he had not acted on it.