Earlier this week the Senate made progress by passing a measure that would fund social service agencies and bring economic investment back to the Metro East. This measure was part of a bigger package of reforms to get the state back on track.

However, due to Governor Rauner’s apparent intervention on the mater, the legislation has been stalled.

State Senator James F. Clayborne (D-Belleville) expressed his frustration on the issue.

“We have a chance to put people’s livelihoods above politics. We have a real plan to fix the issues of our state and move the ball forward,” Clayborne said. “The governor has made it clear he does not want progress. I’m ready to work together to do my job of passing legislation to get the state back on track. Clearly the governor is not ready to do his.

“This package was being worked on in a bipartisan manner, which is the way it should be. We were working together before the governor stepped in. Now we are back to increasing the state’s deficit by $11 million per day.”


Clayborne Grand Bargain

budgetThe Illinois Senate moved a number of measures forward Tuesday in an effort to get the state back on track and solve the budget stalemate.

State Senator James F. Clayborne (D-Belleville) supported measures that would fund social service agencies, bring economic investment back to the Metro East and help reduce the state’s deficit.

“It is time to get this state back on track,” Clayborne said. “We are making some tough yet necessary decisions in the Senate. Nonetheless, these are decisions to keep places like the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House open and ensure the citizens in our community have a renewed sense of livelihood.”

The Senate continues to work on these measures in an effort to bring reforms to the state and put an end to the two-year budget stalemate once and for all.

“Enough is enough. We need to ensure our seniors are taken care of, that after-school programs remain funded and that our most vulnerable residents no longer face uncertainty,” he said. “I hope this plan will make it to the governor’s desk and that he will support it. We need to get this done for the people of our state.”

State Senator James F. Clayborne (D-Belleville) released the following statement regarding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Budget Address today:

“I stand disappointed today in the governor’s budget address. He commended the Senate for taking up leadership in the budget process, yet he has failed to present his own. I can only assume that is because he doesn’t have one. Under Article VIII Section 2 of the Illinois Constitution the governor is required to present the General Assembly with a balanced budget. He has failed in this duty. He says he is for education, but he has vetoed MAP grants and he has stood in the way of education budgets. Illinois is in trouble because of the failed leadership of this governor. He needs to do his job and present us with a budget.”



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