SCHIMPF WEEK IN REVIEW FEB. 13 - 17
MURPHYSBORO, IL – The week was highlighted by the Governor’s third annual Budget Address to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly, according to State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).
Earlier in the week, Senator Schimpf traveled the district where he met with mayors and village presidents in Jefferson and Randolph Counties.
Lawmakers listened to the Governor’s presentation where he advocated for continued full funding of the state’s K-12 educational system. The Administration’s budget proposal included increased spending on two Illinois State Police cadet classes, funding for mental health programs that have been mandated by federal courts, and a focus on appropriations for the Southern Illinois University system.
Senator Schimpf said progress continues to be made on a solution to the state’s nearly two year budget impasse.
“Albeit very slowly, progress is being achieved. We must remember that the Governor’s Budget Address is the first step of the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations process. However, we are making significant headway in the Senate, and I am optimistic we will agree on a final budget. Frankly, the alternative is catastrophic,” said Schimpf.
Also this week, a St. Clair County Circuit Judge struck down a motion by the Illinois Attorney General to deny state employee pay. The Feb. 16 court ruling means that Illinois workers will continue to be paid for their public service. Had the court ruled in favor of the Attorney General, it would have meant thousands of constituents in the 58th District would have missed their bi-monthly pay. Schimpf said the Attorney General’s motion was an intrusion into the budget negotiations, and could have forced an unnecessary crisis.
Illinois Senators return to their legislative districts for an in-district work period until the next scheduled Feb. 28 session day.
SPARTA OFFICE OPENING
Senator Schimpf is pleased to announce that he will be opening a satellite office at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta. The contact information and exact opening date will be released in the coming weeks. Schimpf stressed that the facility in Sparta is vital to the regional economy and he wants to ensure the WSRC is a success.