State Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) issued the following statement after Governor Pritzker signed the Democrats’ partisan budget, which spends over $50 billion in Fiscal Year 2024:
“After spending days touring the state, the Governor is signing his partisan and ‘balanced’ budget that will spend over $50.6 billion. The reality is that this so-called balanced budget only has a self-admitted ‘surplus’ of $100 million and doesn’t truly account for all of the spending that we know will take place throughout the upcoming fiscal year.
“This budget doesn’t account for over half of a billion dollars that was projected to be spent on the state’s misguided undocumented immigrant healthcare program or hundreds of millions on the state’s expected new AFSCME contract.
“The Governor can travel the entire state to tout his fiscal responsibility, but anyone with a calculator on their phone can tell for themselves that this budget won’t really be balanced at the fiscal year’s end and our state is being setup for a fiscal disaster down the road.”