State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) released the following statement after the passage of Senate Bill 2803 on a party-line vote. The legislation leaves a $1.8 billion deficit in the unemployment trust fund.
“Last year we were calling on Democrats to fully fund the unemployment insurance trust fund when the state still had more than enough federal money on hand to do just that. Instead, Governor Pritzker and his legislative allies decided to squander most of it on pork projects, and to kick the can further down the road for unemployment. That was a missed opportunity to provide the state with some much-needed fiscal sanity and responsibility. Now the costly penalty for their reckless spending will be paid by employers, workers, or anyone who ends up on unemployment.”