EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a press release from Rebuild Illinois.
Days ago and with only minutes to read the bill, state Rep. Dan Beiser voted for Speaker Mike Madigan’s 500-page, out-of-balance budget, not once but twice.
Madigan’s budget, more than $7 billion in the hole, is not only the largest spending plan in Illinois history, but is also the largest unbalanced budget in state history.
The Madigan-Beiser plan would increase Illinois’ debt by $7 billion and require a massive $1,000 tax hike on every working Illinois family to balance.
Additionally, the Madigan-Beiser budget included a $700 million bailout for Chicago public schools — our valuable tax dollars that will be dumped into a failed system run by Chicago machine politicians and bureaucrats.
“Dan Beiser is part of the problem in Springfield,” said Mike Babcock, candidate for state representative in the 111th House District. “Year after year, politicians like Beiser go to Springfield and vote with Mike Madigan and his anti-taxpayer agenda. Then, when they return home to their districts, they pat themselves on the back and talk about all of the great things they’ve done.
“Any notion that I’m ‘assaulting’ cancer patients or the less fortunate in our community is insulting. Nearly 10 years ago, my mom lost her fight against cancer, and that’s why my family has donated our time and money to cancer organizations. Nonprofit and service-based organizations are an invaluable part of our community and that is exactly why I’m running for office — we need citizen-leaders who put our communities first and serve the people, not themselves.
“Enough is enough. Dan Beiser won’t be putting our community to work with Mike Madigan’s status quo — IOUs, record tax hikes, and massive bailouts for the city of Chicago. It’s time the career politicians in Springfield live within their means, pass a balanced budget and enact pro-growth reforms to get our economy moving forward again. Together, we can once again make Illinois a land of freedom and opportunity.”