Wojcicki Jimenez stresses need for bipartisan budget compromise
A bipartisan effort is the only way to get a budget passed before the end of the special session on June 30, Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (R-Leland Grove) said in a press release.
“I’ve been working this session to build support for a bipartisan solution to solve our budget crisis,” Jimenez said, according to the release. “We’ve been able to pass some reforms, but we desperately need a budget and I am committed to getting that done before the start of the fiscal year on July 1.”
According to a Reuters report, Illinois’ credit rating has dropped to just above junk status and is poised to fall again without a budget. The state has not had a full-year budget in two years and carries more than $14 billion in unpaid bills.
In the special session, a budget plan requires approval by a three-fifth's majority, not a simple majority, and Jimenez said if legislators can continue to work across party lines now, they can get it done.
“We have proven this session that we can work together in a bipartisan way," she said, according to the press release. "Now we must finish the job on a budget and a better path forward for our state.”