SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) took action on Tuesday to make a state budget agreement possible by filing three different versions of legislation to adopt a bipartisan revenue estimate on which to base a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. State law requires the General Assembly to adopt a revenue estimate each year as the first step toward passing a state budget. The State of Illinois is currently mired in a 22-month long budget impasse.
Representative Wheeler’s revenue estimate bills are contained in HJR 49, HJR 50 and HJR 51. HJR 49 uses the revenue forecast from the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA). HJR 50 uses the revenue projection from the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB). HJR 51 would set a revenue estimate that averages the projections from COGFA and GOMB.
“Its common sense that you can’t determine how much you’re going to spend; and on which priorities, until you know how much revenue you have,” Representative Wheeler said. “Illinois families and taxpayers understand this principle; and until two years ago, the state did too. Even though I am a relative newcomer to Springfield, I have learned firsthand how the budget impasse has a devastating impact on families and the human service providers who care for the most vulnerable in our community. By law we are required to begin by adopting a revenue estimate. I have filed legislation to do just that.”
Representative Wheeler continues to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to build bipartisan consensus in support of adopting a state revenue estimate so that a budget agreement can be reached.
Representative Wheeler serves the 50thDistrict, which includes portions of Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, Campton Hills, Elburn, Montgomery, Oswego, Plano, St. Charles, Sugar Grove and Yorkville.
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