E-newsletter for June 17, 2015

First 100 Days on June 13

State Comptroller Warns Public if No State Budget Enacted 
Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger announced on Wednesday, June 10 the actions the State will be forced to take if no budget is enacted prior to the end of the State’s fiscal year on June 30, 2015. If there is no agreement on a state budget by July 1, the actions the State Comptroller will be forced to take include:

• Delayed paychecks for State workers
• Unanswered billings from and no payments to new Medicaid and other State-financed health care providers
• No new payments to other State vendors
• No general state aid (GSA) payments from the State Board of Education to school districts, the first GSA payment is due no later than August 10

These actions are expected to hit in different ways at different times. For example, the Comptroller reports that the first scheduled payless payday will be July 15.

My Republican colleagues and I want to see a balanced budget. I am ready to do my part to keep state government running and I hope my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are ready to work together too. We must work together to balance the budget and keep state government open. With 15 days to go until a budget must be enacted I anticipate more updates on the state budget to be forthcoming.

House Discusses Proposal for Jobs & Economic Development
On Tuesday the Illinois House held a Committee of the Whole to discuss Governor Rauner’s proposal to promote job and economic growth in Illinois. The proposal would create a public-private partnership with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). States such as Ohio, Florida, Indiana, Texas and Virginia implemented public-private partnerships to promote economic development and all of these states have seen a tremendous spike in job growth and economic development. I am excited to support this proposal. We need more jobs in Illinois and our Governor’s proposal is a step in the right direction.

Restructuring of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Unresolved
At the end of May the Illinois General Assembly approved legislation to restructure the Lincoln Presidential Library. The bill (SB 1728) was approved by partisan majorities and then stalled on the order of “Motion to Reconsider”. This controversial measure would move the presidential library from the Illinois Historic Preservation Authority and make it an independent State agency. I voted against this proposal because I believe SB 1728 is the wrong approach, these are Executive agencies under Governor Rauner and there needs to be a bi-partisan agreement. These entities are too important to our community and our entire state to have them hijacked for political purposes. I firmly believe strong reforms need to be made to both the Historic Preservation Agency and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. This, though, is not the way to make those reforms. This parliamentary procedure to “Motion to Reconsider” SB 1728 effectively killed the bill for now and it is unclear when if any agreement will be made to resolve this issue.

House Back in Session Tuesday
The Illinois House is back in session Tuesday, June 23. You can listen LIVE at Noon.

In the News
AFSCME Protesters Gather at Old State Capitol – ABC 20; June 11, 2015
Will The Illinois State Museum Go The Way Of The Mastodon? – WUIS 91.9; June 11, 2015
Statehouse Insider: An interesting approach to negotiating – State Journal Register; June 13, 2015
Fire Departments Could be Affected by Cuts – WCIA 3; June 16, 2015

Explore the 87th District

Honoring flag day Sunday at my home. The hearts of all Americans stir at the sight of the Stars & Stripes; the greatest flag in the history of the world.

Celebrating the Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory on the House floor with my colleagues Tuesday.