- Published: Monday, December 12, 2016 02:42 PM
On Dec. 1 the Legislature concluded the fall veto session with no sign of a balanced budget agreement in sight, even as we quickly approach 2017, at which point stopgap funding for universities, local governments and human service agencies will run out.
As I've said numerous times, this situation is completely unacceptable, with tragic consequences for students, seniors, victims of sexual assault and more.
Gov. Bruce Rauner and the legislative leaders have been meeting to discuss the budget, and that's an encouraging sign. I'm calling on all sides to compromise to end this stalemate. However, we must remember that negotiation can only have a successful outcome if no party is asked to violate its core principles.
Unfortunately, Gov. Rauner consistently has sought to tie budget negotiation to unrelated policy battles where there is simply no hope of agreement between Democrats and Republicans.
I will continue my efforts to find a different path forward, one that is consistent with the values of our community. Stay tuned to hear more from me on that front; read on for a summary of some of a few issues we've encountered recently in Springfield.