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The following are the stances I believe are crucial in fixing our state. Many others are priorities for myself and others. However, if we do not solve these foundational issues, we risk reaching a point of no return. My belief in these stances is such that I am not afraid to stand by or debate them. Together, with God’s help, we can help Illinois be the place we are proud to call home.
According to the Illinois Policy Institute, the 2018 budget is already staring at a $1.7 billion hole for the year, meaning the streak of unbalanced budgets in Illinois will continue.
Illinois hasn’t had a truly balanced budget since 2001, and the latest numbers from the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, or GOMB, reveal it may not have one through 2023.
I will push for sound budgets that are free of political pet project earmarks and turn us toward the black for the first time in 16 years. These earmarks have added to the corruption in Springfield, placing undue burden on the backs of our children and grandchildren.
As of October, we have a $15 billion and growing backlog of unpaid bills. This is on top of a public debt of $203 billion and a $185 billion plus pension shortfall.
Each budget passed in Springfield for the last 15 years has been unbalanced.
I will advocate for reducing our debt. I vow to vote, ‘No,’ to any budget that is not balanced and call out any legislators who do.