Rep. Harper's Reaction to Gov. Rauner's Budget Address

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, released the following statement in response to the governor’s annual budget address:

“Since the governor has been in office, the state has gone without a budget, which is the first time in nearly two hundred years that this has happened. His unwillingness to compromise has caused irreparable harm to children, students, women with breast and cervical cancer and the elderly.

“The governor stated recently he wanted to stay the course, but his course cut nearly 70,000 children off from the Child Care Assistance Program. He also created $5.5 billion in new debt that future generations will have to pay for, which he failed to take any accountability for. His course is dangerous to working families, especially those who rely on social services.

“The governor has made it clear that he wants to institute policies that reduce how much workers earn, but I am not going to sell out middle class families and their children while the ultra-rich enjoy huge profits without paying their fair share. Instead, I am going to support initiatives that increase the wages of working families and improve our schools. We can do that by increasing the minimum wage while also requiring the wealthiest people in the state to pay a small surcharge on income over $1 million to increasing education funding. It is through those and other similar policies that we can protect the working class and lift up Illinois.”

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