State Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) released the following statement after the Governor signed the largest spending budget in Illinois history:
“Today, the Governor signed a budget that spends $46.5 billion, the most in state history and nearly 30 percent higher than when I first took office. While the Governor and his allies will tout this budget as balanced and fiscally responsible, they are conveniently ignoring the fact that they have permanently increased our state’s operational spending by nearly $2.8 billion.
“They were able to pay for this increase this year thanks to one-time, unexpected revenue. However, what happens next year when we don’t have that unexpectedly high revenue? The fact of the matter is this budget sets us up for a financial disaster down the road, and anyone claiming that it is fiscally responsible is being disingenuous to the people of Illinois.”