Illinois Senate passes budget, 56 yeas
Schimpf votes yes on first balanced budget since 2001
SPRINGFIELD – Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) voted yes on the budget proposal that passed the Illinois Senate Wednesday, May 30, one day prior to the May 31 deadline. The Fiscal Year 2019 budget plan passed out of the Senate with a vote of 56-2.
“This budget isn’t perfect by any means, but it satisfies my three largest concerns,” said Schimpf. “As I’ve previously stated—it had to be balanced, have no new or increased taxes, and had to comply with the Illinois Constitution. Despite its imperfections, this budget meets those criteria.”
Sen. Schimpf has shared that his ideal budget would have spent less money and paid down some of the state’s debt. Regardless, he says this balanced budget allows both houses to avoid another impasse that would have devastated the state.
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