Rauner: “Budget must be a good deal for taxpayers and job creators”

MACOMB –Assistant House Minority Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) issued the following statement after the Governor’s Budget Address on Wednesday:

“The Governor extended an opportunity for legislators from both chambers and from both parties to work together.  He presented a framework for those negotiations and acknowledged we must expand our revenue base.  The Governor showed an eagerness to be part of the solution, but he can’t do it alone.  No one party or one chamber can do it on their own.  It must be a collaboration,” said Hammond.

“The Senate proved they can do heavy lifting on a proposed budget, and now we’ll need action in the House to work together.  However we must grow our tax base,” Hammond continued, “this is a really important point, because if we do not grow our tax base and attract employers and jobs back to Illinois, any budget enacted is just another stopgap until the wheels fall off just a few short miles down the road.  The Governor stated emphatically there is not a single ‘must-have’ on his list of reforms, but rather a menu of reforms that he will support to drive compromise.  I felt like this is a reasonable approach and we should seize on this moment to drive reform and resolution to this impasse.

”Hammond encouraged residents of the 93rd district to contact her with questions or concerns on this or any other state issue. Hammond’s Macomb district office can be contacted at (309) 836-2707 or via her legislative website at www.norinehammond.org.XXHammond represents all or part of Brown, Cass, Fulton, Knox, Mason, McDonough, Schuyler and Warren counties.