Rep. Skillicorn Votes NO On Unbalanced Budget, Balks at Democrat’s COLA and Greed

SPRINGFIELD…. State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) voted no on the Budget Implementation Bill (BIMP) and the FY 2021 Budget citing record spending at a time with an extreme decrease in revenue.

“The unlimited power the Governor wields over local municipalities complying with his executive orders, Medicaid for illegal immigrants, a 6.8% increase in spending this year, and the egregious legislative pay raises are some of the highlights from the Democrats new budget in a crisis,” said Rep. Skillicorn.

 “This has been an enormously challenging time for everyone across the globe, especially here in Illinois, a state that is trying to help the people in a crisis with no money and nothing but excuses,” said Rep. Skillicorn.

“Governor Pritzker’s mandated executive orders thrown onto us without our legislative input for almost three months has failed the people of Illinois and proved that he is working in lock step with the democratic majority focusing on expanded spending with unprecedented revenue shortages,” said Rep. Skillicorn.

Rep. Skillicorn said, “He was far too eager and willing to shut our economy down and keep people in their homes, but made no plans on how we were going to deal with the economic fallout and moving our complex state forward in a safe manner.”

 “We tried to eliminate the legislative pay raise last year during Governor Pritzker’s unprecedented first year in office ramming through his radical agenda packed full of spending,” said Rep. Skillicorn.

“I am completely adamant that Illinois legislators do not deserve to have a pay increase until we start working together on both sides of the aisle to address our growing pension debt, especially now with over one million unemployed Illinoisans at home wondering how they are going to make it through the week,” said Rep. Skillicorn.

Rep. Skillicorn said, “The Democrat’s 2021 budget spends roughly $42.8 billion even though the State only expects to bring in a little under $36.8 billion, $5 billion of which comes from additional federal borrowing, which is to be paid back over the next decade, bringing a $2 billion dollar increase to our new ’21 budget over last years “balanced” budget.”

 “I voted no on the Budget Implementation Bill (BIMP) and the FY 2021 Budget, because there were zero fiscal reforms or consolidations, outrageous spending in an economic turmoil, and a complete lack of respect to the hard working Illinoisans that sacrificed while the democrats kept the budget high and raised their salaries,” said Rep. Skillicorn.