'Political theater' and 'how far we've fallen' are just a few of the sentiments offered by a central Illinois lawmaker in light of yesterday's budget address by Governor JB Pritzker.
In a prerecorded presentation to Illinoisans, the Governor laid out plans for the fiscal future of Illinois. With the backdrop of the Illinois State Fairgrounds, State Sen. Chapin Rose called it 'literal political theater'.
The Mahomet Republican stressed a desire to have a Governor lay out a clear plan for Illinois to get back to where we were over a half-century ago.
Sen. Rose blasts the Governor for blaming Illinois Republicans for the mess the State is in when Democrats have controlled the legislature for nearly 20 years and have had one Republican Governor in the same period.
Gov. Pritzker has said in the past Republicans do not bring forward any ideas on how to fix the budget issues. That is not sitting well with Sen. Rose who says Illinois Republicans have filed several bills over the last decade to deal with a worsening situation.
Sen. Rose believes Illinoisans realize the situation is not good and the progressive income tax vote from November is the wake-up call to Springfield that lawmakers need to start living within its means. He also believes a Biden administration bailout package can be their next lifeline but at the end of the day, they're still unable to make ends meet.