Democratic Party of Illinois Response to Gov. JB Pritzker’s State of the State
Democratic Party of Illinois Chair Rep. Robin Kelly released the following statement regarding Gov. JB Pritzker’s State of the State and Budget Address:
“Make no mistake about it: Democrats have delivered remarkable progress in stabilizing our state’s finances. Gov. JB Pritzker, along with Comptroller Susana Mendoza, Treasurer Mike Frerichs, and Democrats in the General Assembly, has delivered balanced budgets, credit upgrades, and a dramatic strengthening of Illinois’ finances.
“As President Biden has said, ‘Show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.’ The governor’s address shows what Democrats in this state value: investing in our education system, bolstering early childhood programs, fixing our infrastructure, expanding healthcare and human services for all, promoting public safety and violence prevention, strengthening our retirement systems, and delivering real relief for families struggling during the pandemic.
“While there is certainly more to be worked out as the General Assembly tackles the FY23 budget, today represents another huge step forward for Illinois as Democrats deliver real progress for the people of this state while bolstering our finances not only for the next year, but for the long term.
“After years of catastrophic financial mismanagement under former Gov. Bruce Rauner, Illinois’ financial future finally looks bright. While Republicans seem content to advance a slate of candidates who want to drag us backwards, we simply cannot go back to the Rauner days of budget impasses, massive bill backlogs, and governmental chaos. The Democratic Party of Illinois stands ready to support Democratic campaigns up and down the ticket this year to ensure we continue to build on the substantial progress Democrats have delivered to the people of this state.”