Letter to the Editor published in Elmhurst Patch:


Patricia R. “Patti” Bellock
Deputy Minority Leader
State Representative, 47th District


The State of Illinois budget impasse is hurting the most vulnerable families in our community while undermining the state’s ability to grow the economy and create good-paying new jobs.
Governor Rauner delivered his Budget Address on February 17.  In his speech, the Governor outlined two alternate paths to resolve the impasse. The first, preferred option is for Democrats and Republicans in the State House and Senate to come together and compromise on a budget solution that includes some of the Governor’s proposed reforms “to lower the cost of government, while generating economic growth.”  These include workers’ compensation reform, lawsuit reform, local government consolidation, and reform to the processes by which the State negotiates contracts with the state employees’ union.
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