Metro-East News

Statement from Daniel Biss on budget address

Daniel Biss released the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address:

"For the third year in a row, Bruce Rauner complains about a broken system and says the solution to a suffering state is to shift costs to those who can least afford it. And it's sadly no surprise; Bruce Rauner has abdicated responsibility in favor of advocating for himself and his wealthy friends, and today's budget address shows he's willing to put our state through another hostage negotiation in order to keep the status quo.

"This budget isn’t just a bad financial plan, it threatens us to go along with his cost-shifting schemes, or add more than $1 billion to our debt. It attacks our workers and takes away our healthcare. It’s another clear view of who Bruce Rauner is: an aloof and inexperienced billionaire ready to balance the budget on the backs of middle class and working families like mine, instead of asking the wealthy to pay their fair share.

"It’s time we have a leader with the political will to call out the system that benefits a few at the expense of the many. It’s time for Illinois to lead the country with Medicare-for-all, free tuition at public colleges, universal family care, legalization of cannabis and reforms to our criminal justice system. And it’s time to unite around a true progressive vision and build a state that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected."

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald