Republican members of the Senate held a press conference on May 24, calling for good-faith budget negotiations between both parties—with a strong emphasis on the need for economy-boosting, job creating reforms as part of the final budget package.
“Our intention is to work with the other side to bring about a budget deal,” said State Sen. Michael Connelly (R-Wheaton). “The Governor stands ready, willing, and able to work with the other side to get something done.”
Gov. Bruce Rauner has stated many times over the course of the budget impasse that he was willing to compromise on his pro-jobs reforms and revenue increases. However, for well over a year Democrat legislative leaders have refused to compromise on common sense reforms, pushing solely for tax increases.
In the spirit of compromise State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) noted, “We are willing to come half-way. What we are not willing to do is go back to our people and say, ‘We are going to take more money out of your pocket for the same lousy state government.’”