McCombie voices support for 'No Budget, No Pay' bill
Echoing State Comptroller Leslie Munger’s warning that Illinois cannot continue functioning without a budget, Tony McCombie, Republican candidate for the District 71 state House seat, recently aligned with her fellow candidates to strengthen their collective message.
"I was joined … by Comptroller Munger, (state Sen.) Neil Anderson (R-Milan), (District 74 state House candidate) Dan Swanson and (District 72 state House candidate) Brandi McGuire to call on our legislators to pass a bill that would force legislators to feel the same financial burdens as their constituents when they fail to do their job,” McCombie said on her Facebook page.
McCombie already has pledged to take a strong stance on fiscal responsibility, vowing to restore accountability in Springfield, enact term limits and allow redistricting.
“In 2012, my opponent made a campaign promise to pass legislation to dock legislators' pay in the absence of a balanced budget,” McCombie said in her post, referring to state Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Hillsdale). “After being elected, his views changed, and in 2014, he voted 'yes' on a bill that made his paycheck untouchable," McCombie said. "This kind of carelessness with our state finances has to come to an end. It's time to stop playing games in Springfield and get back to work for the people of Illinois."
The Rock Island resident's website presents her platform candidly, stating that she believes Illinois needs to steer away from career politicians.
"It's very unfair for us as candidates to continuously make promises, especially when it comes to our taxpaying dollars and not stand behind them, so I support the No Budget, No Pay bill, and I think the voters do, too," McCombie said.