Sen. Barickman statement on passing of massive tax hike and broken budget

Springfield –State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) released the following statement after Senate Democrats passed a partisan budget and massive tax hike on Illinois families:

“Rather than work on a truly balanced budget and meaningful reforms, Democrats have simply turned right back to their old tricks, ramming through an out of control budget along with massive tax hikes. The Senate hasn’t passed a balanced budget in over a decade, and Democrat leaders showed that they have no desire to stop their out of control spending. Instead, Illinois families will be hit hard with a massive, retroactive tax hike and a budget so bloated that it doesn’t even address the massive backlog of bills facing the state today. I don’t know why they decided to turn their backs on bipartisan negotiations, but it’s extremely frustrating to say the least. This type of failed leadership in the Senate is exactly what got us into this mess in the first place. Instead of working together, they’re pointing Illinois right down the same broken path.”

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