Living within our means - a balanced budget. A basic staple of fiscal responsibility. It’s what families and businesses must to do. It’s what Governor Bruce Rauner and Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly have proposed and continue to work on. But according to House Speaker Michael Madigan and his Democratic allies, calling for a balanced budget is operating in the “extreme.”
That’s right. In addition to the budget battle, there is now a battle of words going on in the Statehouse. Speaker Madigan has been calling himself “moderate” while calling Governor Bruce Rauner “extreme.” In fact, the Chicago Tribune recently counted the word “extreme” being used at a Speaker Madigan press conference 15 times. Perhaps if the state can tax his use of this word, we can get the new revenue he strongly desires and call the budget battle over.
Speaker Madigan’s assessment that Governor Rauner is “extreme” is not only laughable, but demonstrates there are no mirrors in his house. The Speaker, also the Chairman of Illinois’ Democratic Party, who seems to be focused only on preserving and increasing his political power, is constantly in campaign mode.
Governor Rauner and the Republicans are simply calling for what the citizens of Illinois are demanding. A balanced budget, workers’ compensation reform that makes Illinois competitive again and brings jobs to our state, redistricting reform to allow for more fair and competitive elections, property tax reform so homeowners can start getting some relief, and allowing voters a voice on term limits for legislators. Common sense, not extremism.
I will continue to work for these common sense reforms and spending policies and work with Republicans and Democrats to achieve these.
- State Senator Dale Righter