Governor Pritzker presents first budget

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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker wants to get the state out of its mult-billion-dollar deficit and take care of unpaid bills. He made the comments during his first budget address. But some members of the general assembly are skeptical. 

The governor is calling for a billion dollar in new taxes but he’s also calling for an increase in state spending to reach a balanced budget. 

“A fair tax will change the arc of Illinois’ finances forever,” Governor J.B. Pritzker said.  

Governor J.B. Pritzker’s first budget proposal was met with mixed reactions as he hoped to bank on promises made during this campaign.  

“This proposed budget serves as a bridge to a stable fiscal future,” Pritzker said.  

Pritzker’s budget plan includes hundreds of millions in new education spending, including more money for early childhood block grants, k through 12 schools, map grants, public universities and community colleges. 

Meanwhile he wants to tax plastic bags, sports gambling, marijuana, cigarette, and he wants to tax private health insurance companies that handle Medicaid patients. 

It’s a plan many leaders have said they’ve seen before and won’t work.  

 “I’m concerned,” Senator Dale Righter said. “I’m a little disappointed that the governor prescriptions are basically the prescriptions that his predecessors have done before and have landed us in this position in the first place.” 

Illinois State Senator Dale Righter says the best option for the state’s future is for lawmakers to work together.  

“I hope that in the coming weeks the governor will listen to constructive criticism and will decided to alter his path and release the things that he has tried has been tried over and over again,” Righter said.  

Pritzker’s administration has estimated that without action, the state could be in a $3 billion hole in the spring of 2020.  

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