Hammond on State Budget signing: “Illinois taxpayers deserve better”

Deputy Republican Leader Norine Hammond, the chief budgeteer for the House Republican Caucus, issued the following statement following Governor JB Pritzker’s signing of the Fiscal Year 2024 Illinois State Budget:

“Today, Governor Pritzker signed one of the largest spending plans in Illinois history, a partisan budget that was drafted behind closed doors without Republican input. This budget spends a near-record $50.4 billion on a slew of progressive causes, including health benefits for undocumented immigrants, taxpayer-funded abortion, soft-on-crime, anti-police laws, and pay raises for politicians. This budget does not reflect our shared priorities.

“Despite their statements to the contrary, the Democrats’ budget is not balanced. It relies on a series of fiscal fabrications and schemes, such as only funding half-a-year’s-worth of Medicaid costs and shifting $700 million from local government funds into the State’s General Revenue Fund.

“The Democrats continue to overtax, overspend and under-deliver for hardworking Illinoisans. This is not Republican money. This is not Democratic money. This money belongs to the taxpayers of Illinois and they deserve better.”