McCombie calls for courage to compromise in special legislative session
As the General Assembly’s spring session closed on Wednesday, Rep. Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) emphasized the effects the budget impasse has on everyday Illinoisans and called for renewed efforts toward compromise.
“As the legislative session goes into ‘continuous session’ I will continue to advocate for a compromise that includes a responsible balanced budget for the new fiscal year starting on July 1st,” McCombie said in a statement. “My hope is that the majority party will now work with us to find a compromise that protects our citizens by funding education, funding human services, and promoting economic growth.”
Any budget proposal undertaken in special session must garner three-fifths of the vote rather than a simple majority. That means 71 representatives must be in favor of a plan.
“Every day Illinois goes without a budget our schools are at risk of not opening in the fall and our most vulnerable citizens will suffer,” McCombie said, according to the press release. “The citizens of District 71 and our state deserve more than what they were given today! We have a $130 billion in pension debt and a $14 billion backlog of bills and can only get out of this mess by having the courage to pass a comprehensive budget for our future.”