“I believe that we have made a lot of progress over the course of
the past two years; however, our top priority must be passing a
balanced budget for our citizens and businesses,” said Brady.
The Senate Leaders have been in negotiations attempting to move
legislation addressing various components in order to move past the
stalemate. Many of the concerns have arisen over the increase in
taxes for those already struggling in Illinois.
“In order to be fair, there needs to be property tax parity. If we
are going to increase taxes in other areas for a specific time, then
we need to be sure that we provide homeowners and business owners
with relief in other areas,” stated Brady.
Brady pointed to the successful negotiation of the recent energy
bill that saved the power plants in Clinton and Quad cities, as an
example of how lawmakers representing both parties, in both
chambers, can come together with the Governor to advance important
policy in Illinois.
“The Exelon negotiations secured not only jobs but future energy
rates and included increased investments in renewable power and
energy efficiency. This was an excellent example of all parties
coming together, and while we may not agree on all of the
components, it was critical that we showed good faith and negotiated
a move to place Illinois at the forefront of clean energy economic
development,” emphasized Senator Brady.
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Senator Brady noted that while Governor Rauner also recognized the state’s
challenges, it was important that the Governor also acknowledged those
challenges come great opportunity.
“Illinois has many wonderful assets, but this ongoing budget impasse undercuts
our ability to grow and thrive. What is critical in the coming weeks will be to
a balanced budget that will enable us to pay our outstanding bills and once
again become a business friendly state,” said Brady.
[From the office of Senator Bill