Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) issued the following statement after Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his 2018 budget address:
“The Governor’s proposed budget offered a roadmap for what will be required to enact a balanced spending plan for the next fiscal year. Everyone has been saying for years that we need to change the way the state spends money and this proposal does just that. But make no mistake, however we move forward on a budget, there will be some very tough decisions to be made.
“I am glad the Governor has continued his commitment to increasing funding for our K-12 schools, a cause he has pushed every year. The proposed $350 million for the new school funding formula will allow us to take another major step forward to making our education system more equitable for all students.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass a balanced budget that can be signed into law quickly. The people and businesses of this state deserve the stability and confidence it will provide so they can plan for a bright future in Illinois.”