Rep. Morrison Rejects Budget that Ignores Revenue Estimate Requirement, Includes Taxpayer Funding of Elective Abortions

Illinois lawmakers sent a $38.5 billion budget package to Governor Bruce Rauner today. After the House of Representatives’ 97-18 vote of approval, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) issued the following statement:

“I was disappointed that this year’s budget process did not begin with an agreed revenue estimate, which is required by law and our state’s Constitution. That critical first step of the process was ignored by the majority party, and it calls into question whether or not this budget is truly balanced.”

“I appreciate the bipartisanship that was shown during this year’s budget process, but I simply cannot put a vote behind a measure that channels taxpayer funds toward elective abortions of healthy babies. Data suggests that through this new policy the state’s taxpayers, many who have strong pro-life convictions, will be stuck paying for anywhere between 20,000 and 30,000 abortions in Fiscal Year 2019. This is the wrong path for Illinois.”

“There are issues that must be addressed if we are ever going to regain solid financial footing in this state. This budget fails to offer reforms our state needs to make us competitive, no changes to our workers compensation system and no new policies to provide desperately-needed property tax relief. It does nothing to address the nearly $7 billion backlog of unpaid bills and also falls short on serious, long-term changes to our state’s pension systems.”