Rep. Bryant Votes No on Partisan, Unbalanced Budget that Contains Pay Increases for Legislators

SPRINGFIELD…. State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) voted no on legislation that creates the FY 2021 budget set to take effect July 1.

Rep. Bryant says the record spending budget, more than $42 billion, gives too much authority to Governor Pritzker and relies on borrowing money from the Federal government that may never come.

 “The FY 21 budget was put together solely by Governor Pritzker and the Democrats,” Bryant said. “Just like the COVID-19 crisis has shown, House Democrats are willing to hand over as much power to JB Pritzker as he wants to take. I want to help the citizens of Illinois that are suffering, but this budget borrows too much money and spends too much money.” 

House Republicans demanded answers as to why $7 billion in spending authority was granted to Governor JB Pritzker, who has a recent record of questionable decision making in response to the COVID crisis. 

“I feel strongly that Governor Pritzker has failed to bring the people of this state together behind his plan to reopen the economy. He has failed to reach across the aisle and work with the legislature in a collaborative and meaningful way,” Bryant said. “This governor shut our economy down and kept people in their homes for seven weeks! We demanded to participate and the Governor failed to consult with local units of government and the legislature in crafting his reopening plan. We’ve seen the same mode of operation when it came to passing this out of balance, record spending, and irresponsible borrowing budget.”