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SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. John Anthony (R-Morris) reacted today following a series of votes in the Illinois House of Representatives to approve a partisan budget advanced by House Democrats that spends $4 Billion more than the state’s revenue projections:

“Speaker Madigan and his allies can’t seem to comprehend the fact that they can no longer just spend what they want without significant changes to the way we do business. They’ve introduced a budget that looks to spend $4 billion MORE than we are taking in while walking away from the reform negotiations Governor Rauner has called for.”

“Illinois is estimated to bring in $32 billion next year, and their proposed budget would spend over $36 billion. This is not right.  It’s a stick in the eye of every Illinoisan who voted for change.  It gives false hope to those who rely on state services and is an outright lie to schools, service providers and the state’s most vulnerable.  The people of Illinois called for shared governance by electing a Republican Governor with a Democrat legislature. They expect us to compromise with each other. Unfortunately, Speaker Madigan has refused to respect that. ” 
SPRINGFIELD - Rep. John Anthony (R-Morris) and members of the House Republican Caucus stand outside the State Armory to observe a moment of silence in honor of Illinois' fallen soldiers this Memorial Day.

Budget – FY16
·         Despite deadline, Democrats again refuse to pass balanced budget for FY16.  The Illinois Constitution requires that the State annually pass a balanced budget in which revenues match mandated expenditures.  One way that Speaker Madigan has been Speaker for 32 of the past 34 years is by passing a series of unbalanced budgets, which have all spent money the State has not had.  He has curried favor with powerful interests and forced Republicans to be the villains whenever steps are taken to prevent the spending of imaginary money.

Strong rumors circulated on Friday, May 22 that Democrats were preparing another unbalanced budget for FY16, the fiscal year starting July 1, 2015.  This budget may get filed in the week starting Memorial Day, May 25.  This phony budget is expected to commit $4 billion that Illinois does not possess to the Democrats’ spending priorities.  Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed a different budget for Illinois and has strengthened his calls for the State’s government to live within its means.
SPRINGFIELD – The State Senate gave final approval Thursday to a bill aimed at strengthening the ability of inmates who complete a GED during their sentence to gain employment upon re-entering the community. The Senate approved HB 3884, introduced by Rep. John Anthony (R-75th), which increases from 60 days to 90 days the length of service credit an eligible offender can earn by completing their high school equivalency testing while in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

HB 3884 passed the House by a vote of 95-19 with overwhelming bipartisan support on April 16 and won near-unanimous approval from the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 51-0-1.

“Self-improvement and rehabilitation should be the focus of our criminal justice system,” said Rep. Anthony, a former municipal police officer, county sheriff’s deputy, and advocate with the Safer Foundation, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of services to help people with criminal records secure and maintain jobs as they key to successful re-entry into the community. While with the Foundation, Rep. Anthony made assessments, taught GED to at-risk youth ages 16-21 and served as a case manager for adult offenders.
Property Taxes
·         Trick bag; no property tax relief in sight.  Once again the Democrat-controlled House brought sham legislation to a vote for the sole purpose of putting Republican lawmakers in a trick bag and embarrassing the new Governor.

House Republicans have long worked to provide Illinoisans with much needed and deserved property tax relief. Each year members of the House Republican Caucus introduce legislation that would deliver property tax relief and each year the Democrats block those measures. The real roadblock to property tax relief has been the Democrat-controlled General Assembly.
Once again the Democrat-controlled House brought sham legislation to a vote for the sole purpose of putting Republican lawmakers in a trick bag and embarrassing the new Governor.

House Republicans have long worked to provide Illinoisans with much needed and deserved property tax relief. Each year members of the House Republican Caucus introduce legislation that would deliver property tax relief and each year the Democrats block those measures. The real roadblock to property tax relief has been the Democrat-controlled legislature.