MURPHYSBORO, IL – Lawmakers are optimistic that discussions at the State Capitol will lead to a budget resolution, according to State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).
“The leaders are trying to find common ground on reforms, which will make Illinois more competitive with surrounding states. These structural reforms are being linked to the budget,” Schimpf said. “We have been without a budget for two years and another two years with no budget would be disastrous for the 58th Senate District—and the entire state.”
Schimpf stressed that there are parts of the proposal that he does not support. He hopes the final compromise will include comprehensive workers’ compensation reforms that will make Illinois more attractive, as well as significant spending cuts.
Schimpf said that while he has concerns about a number of the proposals, particularly proposed revenue increases, he is hopeful a reasonable compromise can be negotiated in order to achieve a balanced budget with reforms that will bring fiscal stability and predictability back to Illinois.
The 58th Senate District has a significant economic footprint in the state of Illinois, as host to Southern Illinois University, five correctional center facilities, two mental health centers, the Sparta World Shooting Complex, an Illinois State Police Post and multiple state parks that all depend on state funding. Schimpf emphasized there is a delicate budgetary balance which must be maintained in order to keep these core state services functioning.