While the leaders continue to meet, rank and file members of the House voiced their frustrations about the lack of urgency surrounding the state’s budget. The end of the regular session brought a stopgap budget agreement, a temporary bridge to fund social services and education through the end of the year. However, with the end of the year just 30 days away, there is no clear resolution in sight.
Representative Andersson was one of many legislators frustrated with the lack of discussion and process surrounding the development of a comprehensive budget agreement. “The stopgap agreement was a temporary agreement,” said Andersson. “There are 30 days left and we must act to find a solution to keep our state functioning and provide for the people of Illinois. Leaving Springfield tonight knowing how much more should be done for our taxpayers is frustrating.”
Andersson has continually voiced his support for negotiation and compromise and today before leaving Springfield, he again called for action. “I remain hopeful that we can find common ground and come together to make a comprehensive sustainable solution, and one our residents deserve.”
With many difficult decisions to be made, the Leaders will continue to meet through the week with the hope that a solution can be agreed upon before the close of the year.