GOP hopeful Abernathy slams passage of unbalanced state budget
Republican state House District 59 candidate Dawn Abernathy slammed the budget presented by House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Dist. 22), Senate President John Cullerton (D-Dist. 6) and the Democratic caucuses last week. It was passed by the Democratic supermajority on Wednesday.
Abernathy reacted strongly after the unbalanced budget bill -- reportedly $7 billion in the red -- was passed.
"For decades, Springfield, led by Mike Madigan, has been playing politics with our lives," Abernathy said. "The political ruling class has been spending billions more than we have collected in revenue. We are now at a crisis. Taxes can’t be raised enough to cover the deficit. Enough is enough. I am going to Springfield to help our families by relieving their tax burden by making the necessary cuts in spending. The budget passed does not reflect any of our priorities or serve our communities. It increases taxes on the average family by over $1,000."
Madigan had said at a press conference before the vote that the budget presented to the House would not be balanced and that it would be up to Gov. Bruce Rauner to ensure that the budget was balanced.
"The Democrats' budget is $7 billion out of balance and still doesn’t solve our problems," Abernathy said. "It is time to move beyond political posturing and focus on serving the people who aren’t being served today, educating children who aren’t being educated today, and building jobs and businesses that aren’t being built today."
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