SPRINGFIELD—Today the House of Representatives passed a budget agreement on the fourth and final day of Special Session. The FY21 budget appropriates roughly $42.8 billion in spending, while increasing the budget deficit to $6 billion.
State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) voted against SB264, and issued the following statement in response:
“The end of this legislative year was unique given the circumstances with COVID-19. Yet, the budget agreement was the same old game that the Democrats have been running for years. House Republicans were left out of the negotiating process, and the final product is an out of balance budget that our state cannot afford.
This year’s budget includes an increase in spending and an increase in borrowing, which will only put our state further in the hole, and continue to overburden our taxpayers. In addition to that, Democrats added in another pay increase for lawmakers in their budget—especially infuriating as so many families, businesses, schools, non-profits and more have been affected so severely amidst economic crisis.
We owed it to Illinois to come together these last four days and accomplish things that would move our state forward. Instead, this budget plan is a leap in the wrong direction.”
Rep. Morrison and the entire House Republican caucus voted against this year’s budget plan, which had bipartisan opposition. Morrison will return to Springfield in the fall when the General Assembly reconvenes for fall veto session.