Brian's Column 09-25-2015

Fall Arrives and Still No Budget

Fall officially arrived this past week and farmers have begun harvesting the fields.  As I made my way to Springfield for another day of session, I began to think about all our region has to offer during this time of the year.

Take some time to ask your neighbor or get online to find a new festival or parade you have not attended in the area.  There are so many to name I would hate to leave anyone out.  I would like to note that it’s important that we take time to interact with our community and surrounding areas, which many do.  These events and the people that attend, is what makes living in Northwest Illinois the greatest!

Going back to session in Springfield this past Thursday, I have nothing new to report in regards to the budget impasse other than we still do not have one.  Instead of staying in Springfield and getting the job done that we were elected to do, we adjourned until October 20th.

Delaying to negotiate a solution or agreeing to a compromise is going to cost taxpayers more and more money.  We are far past the $4 billion gap that was originally stated during budget negotiations in May.  Some statistics show the gap has doubled up to $8 billion.  A tax increase by itself cannot fix that big of a gap.

We have to reform current practices to help save taxpayer money for the future.  Letting the courts make decisions for elected officials is absolutely outrageous and is not helping solve this budget disaster.  We need a balanced budget, structural reforms and to make sure we take care of the people who cannot speak for themselves.

I have said on multiple occasions, but I will say it again, we are in a fight for the future of Illinois.  I will not falter in taking our message of reform from the citizens of Northwest Illinois to leaders in Springfield.

I put faith in the words of former President Ronald Reagan, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.  From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people.  Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden.” Stand strong, be brave and know that we are all in this together for the future of Illinois.