It was a remarkable week in Springfield. A sense of responsibility took hold and the reality that out-of-control government cannot continue finally hit home. I also had the privilege of speaking to a group of dynamic young people from TeenPact, a hands-on leadership school for Christian students.
FY15 Budget Solved
Illinois will be working under a balanced budget for the first time in many years. The General Assembly reversed more than a decade of mismanaging taxpayer dollars by approving a plan to patch a large hole in the state’s current fiscal year budget. I give great credit to Governor Bruce Rauner whose strong leadership brought Republicans and Democrats together to fix the budget mess he inherited from the previous governor.
As I have previously reported in this column, the current 12-month budget approved nine months ago was incomplete. Unfortunately, our Democrat colleagues who hold majorities in the Senate and House passed it anyway and former Governor Quinn signed it into law knowing it was not going to carry the state for a full 12 months.
A Budget Within Our Means