Senator Chuck Weaver says lawmakers must get to work to restore fiscal responsibility and fundamentally change the way state government operates.
Senator Weaver was reacting to Governor J.B. Pritzker’s first official “State of the State” address, delivered to a joint session of Illinois lawmakers January 29 in the House of Representatives chambers.
“The first policy reference the Governor made was about the graduated tax, which I voted against because it will make it easier for Springfield to tax our citizens. That is the last thing we need when our taxpayers are already trying to survive in the highest taxed state in the nation,” Senator Weaver said. “And there was no mention of plans to address the biggest crisis facing our state – our underfunded state pension systems that have caused us to be worst bond-rated state in the country. We can only fix our state if we deal with the biggest problems first.”
Senator Weaver said other challenges include a need for property tax reform, and giving the people of Illinois – not just the politicians – a voice in the process of drawing legislative maps.
“The Governor touched on corruption problems in Springfield. One of steps toward addressing corruption is Fair Maps, something he did not address in his State of the State Address,” Senator Weaver said. “I hope that not mentioning Fair Maps doesn’t mean he has forgotten one of his campaign promises.”
The 37th District Senator said he stands ready to work with Governor Pritzker and his fellow lawmakers to promote the kind of economic climate that encourages job creation and growth.
Governor Pritzker is expected to present his Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Address February 19.