SPRINGFIELD – Joining a group of House Republicans Friday, State Representatives John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) and Joe Sosnowski (R-Belvidere) stressed the need for passage of a new, effective Constitutional Amendment that will require lawmakers to pass a balanced budget that is truly balanced – or not be paid.
“It is an embarrassment that we have let the financial well-being of our state become this uncertain” remarked Cabello. “Maintaining a balanced budget is a fundamental principle of governing at which we continue to fail. Maybe holding the General Assembly’s feet to the fire, so-to-speak, will force us to make more responsible decisions for our constituents and for Illinois.”
Today, House Republicans unveiled House Joint Resolution 32, putting more “teeth” into the state’s balanced budget requirement. It demands that within 30 days of the enactment of a budget, the Auditor General’s Office must certify that the budget will be balanced with expenses not exceeding expected revenue. If the Auditor General declares that the budget is not balanced, then the Comptroller will:
- · Stop all payments besides those affecting public safety of the State, required by law, or required by the federal government; and
- · Stop payment for the salary of General Assembly members and Constitutional Officers.
“With the current economic situation, many families and businesses have had to make tough choices to stay within a budget and live within their means. Illinois should do the same,” said Sosnowski.
If adopted by the General Assembly, the new constitutional balanced budget amendment would then be placed on the ballot for approval by voters in 2014.