A central Illinois lawmaker is weighing in on last week's decision to cancel the fall veto lame-duck session in Springfield this month.
While disappointed, Republican State Rep. Dan Caulkins indicates, on one hand, he's glad there will not be the opportunity for lawmakers to vote on a tax increase after a progressive income tax proposal failed at the polls a few weeks ago, however, on the other hand, he recognizes a lot of work needs to be done.
While Speaker Madigan canceled the session and Gov. JB Pritzker commented he would still like to find a way to meet, Caulkins points out the Governor could call an emergency session. He believes the two are keeping lawmakers home for their gain.
Rep. Caulkins believes keeping lawmakers home is the Speaker and Governor wielding their power for personal interests. He calls it bad politics.
The 101st General Assembly wraps up business in January when the members of the 102nd General Assembly will be sworn in. The Governor has said he plans to meet with the four legislative leaders to formulate the budget for this year.