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Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: July 17 - 21

To avoid creating an unnecessary crisis for Illinois schools, Senate Republicans are calling on the Senate Democrat majority to remove their parliamentary hold on Senate Bill 1, an evidence-based school funding measure, so that the governor can issue an amendatory veto that would make it fair and equitable to all 852 Illinois school districts. Also this week, new legislation was signed into law to ensure life-saving treatments for children...

Brady and Barickman urge Democrat leaders to stop playing games with school funding

To avoid creating an unnecessary crisis for Illinois schools, State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) and State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) are calling on the Senate Democrat majority to remove their parliamentary hold on Senate Bill 1, an evidence-based school funding measure, so that the governor can issue an amendatory veto that would make it fair and equitable to all 852 Illinois school districts...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: July 19

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois residents’ paychecks will take a permanent hit due to the Democrats’ 32 percent income tax hike included in their budget last week, but a closer look at the Democrats’ spending plan reveals a state budget that is not balanced, may not make a significant dent in the state’s nearly $14.5 billion in unpaid bills and is filled with numerous mistakes and errors that will make it difficult, if not impossible, to enact some parts of their budget...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: July 10

The state’s two-year budget impasse came to a temporary end this week as the General Assembly, despite vetoes by Gov. Bruce Rauner and objections by a majority of Republican legislators, passed a budget that contained a permanent 32 percent income tax increase, while failing to incorporate any meaningful government reforms...

Sen. Barickman statement on budget vote

tate Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) released the following statement after Senate Democrats passed an unbalanced budget: “It’s extremely disappointing that after all the progress we have made in negotiations, Democrats would simply ram through an unbalanced budget that doesn’t offer any fixes or reforms for the systemic issues that continue to plague Illinois...

Sen. Barickman statement on election of new Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady

State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) released the following statement after State Senator Bill Brady was elected Senate Republican Leader: “Congratulations to Senator Bill Brady. I have had the great pleasure of working with him for several years on both local and statewide issues...

ISBE analysis shows compromise school funding bill more equitable for all schools

All Illinois school districts would benefit from a more equitable distribution of state education dollars under a compromise proposal introduced by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) to fix the state’s broken school aid formula and end the budget stalemate, according to data released by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: June 12 - 16

This week, Senate Republicans continued their calls for compromise and cooperation to address the state’s fiscal crisis and end the ongoing budget stalemate, with several Senate and House lawmakers joining together to unveil a comprehensive balanced budget plan that includes critical structural reforms.

Senator Barickman statement on special session

“I applaud Governor Rauner for ordering a special session. Republicans have made major concessions in our recent budget and reform plan, and I believe a good bipartisan compromise is even closer than it was when Democrats walked away from negotiations in May...

Barickman helps introduce compromise budget and school funding plan

State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) joined with several of his colleagues to present a compromise budget package within framework laid out by Governor Bruce Rauner that includes significant areas of agreement on spending, reforms, and school funding...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: June 9

While the spring legislative session adjourned on May 31, Senate Republicans remain focused and prepared to pass a full-year balanced budget with structural reforms before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. The General Assembly is expected to return to the Capitol in late June to resume budget negotiations and legislative action...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review

Despite attempts this spring from Senate Republican lawmakers to negotiate, in good faith, bipartisan reforms and a truly balanced budget, the Illinois Senate adjourned once again on Wednesday, May 31 without achieving this goal...

Republicans highlight inequity in newest Democrat school plan

Lawmakers in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly are reviewing an inequitable Democrat school funding plan based on flawed and misleading data that disguises what is actually a massive bailout for Chicago’s school system at the expense of every one of the state’s other public schools.

Sen. Barickman statement on House Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 1

“In the last 48 hours of session, the House Democrats have doubled down on shoveling money to Chicago and its public school system. Instead of creating parity and equity for our struggling school districts, their latest version of school funding ‘reform’ creates more special deals for one district, shoveling $700 million into CPS at the expense of our state’s 851 other school districts...

Barickman: Democrats pass bad workers comp legislation

Springfield – Democrat Senators have again signaled that they are no longer interested in working with the other party to pass real solutions or a balanced budget, according to State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington). The super majority party closed out the week by passing a severely weakened and ineffective workers’ compensation bill that would do little to nothing to grow jobs...