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Impasse Ends with Override of Governor’s Budget Veto

The House of Representatives today voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of the state budget, which was passed by lawmakers in Springfield earlier this week.

Between the state’s backlog of bills and growing pension debt, Moody’s Investors Service revealed that a credit downgrade would still be possible even with the proposed budget’s tax hike. Yet, without a budget, the credit downgrade to junk status is imminent. It is for this reason that Rep. Andersson (R-Geneva) voted in favor of the override.

“My decision today rests on the difference between ‘might’ and ‘will.’ If we don’t vote to override the Governor’s veto, the state will fail. If we vote to override, we might still be downgraded, but it is the far better option of the two,” said Andersson.

Andersson acknowledged the looming disaster should the budget bill not be agreed upon, stating that too many Illinois residents have suffered for far too long during the near three year impasse.

In his vote today, Andersson said he chose “survival for the State of Illinois, so that we can continue to move forward together and keep negotiations going toward further reform measures.” Rep. Andersson is committed to continue working to improve Illinois, and believes that bipartisanship is the key to more reform to do so.

The budget impasse has ended with the budget bills gaining enough votes to override the Governor’s veto in the House.


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