50th District Update: Deja Vu
I just want to give you a quick update on what is going on at the Capitol. May 31st, the normal end to the regular session of the Illinois General Assembly, has passed and we still don't have a budget in place. It had been appearing that this was the direction we were headed for a while now. This is beginning to feel like a twisted version of the movie Groundhog Day, where every day we just keep reliving the same mistakes of the past.
How did we end up in the same place as we did the last two years? We still have a personal and political fight between the Governor and the Speaker of the House. Neither side has been willing to concede. At the same time, negotiations on a budget as part of a "grand bargain" broke down again with Democrats not appearing that they want to keep up the negotiations, instead passing their unbalanced budget over to the House to let the process continue there. The House Speaker had a choice, pass the Democrat budget or start work with the other side on a compromise. So far, he has chosen to do neither, instead stating that the House would be in continuing session through at least June. I don't know what the schedule will be for the Senate, but I would assume we will be coming back as well.
I believe every one of us in each chamber along with the Governor, should be at the Capitol working on a budget until we can finally end this shameful impasse. I filed new legislation this week, Senate Joint Resolution 44, to call on every one of us to do just that. In addition, it would require the Governor to remain in Springfield, engaged with General Assembly in negotiations. There is no more time for partisan games or campaign style road-trips. We have a job to do, and there is no excuse to not be working on it around the clock. We can't pass a balanced budget if we're not on the job.
I am in my Capitol office, nearly every single day, during session and non-session weeks. I've often believed in the idea that the world belongs to those who show up. No problem gets solved when people aren't working on it.
In the meantime, I truly hope you are doing well, and the impasse has had as minimal of an impact as possible on you and your family. If I can be of assistance in any way, please don't hesitate to contact my office at 217-782-8206 or by email at SenatorMcCann@gmail.com.
State Senator Sam McCann