PLAINFIELD - State Senator Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) was for combining the offices of comptroller and treasurer before he was against it like he seems to be now as candidate for state treasurer. Now Frerichs isn't so sure the idea's a good thing, and points to the need for check and balance between the two offices.
Not to mention the loss of state jobs a consolidation would create.
Frerichs' GOP opponent for state treasurer Tom Cross' campaign said Friday Frerichs' position change shows an inconsistency that will make its way to costing already overburdened Illinois taxpayers.
“Mike Frerichs' opposition to streamlining these offices reveals a troubling lack of consistency and fortitude, which will cost Illinois taxpayers more despite already being victims of the Quinn/Frerichs tax and spend regime,” said Kevin Artl, Campaign Manager for Cross for Treasurer.
“After the Quinn/Frerichs team raised taxes, cut funding for education and drove jobs out of Illinois, Frerichs is continuing to punish Illinois taxpayers by opposing one of the most practical, common sense cost-saving measures available to lawmakers.”
Three years ago, Senator Frerichs voted in support of merging the offices with a yes vote on SJRCA 13. But Frerich told local WBBM reporter last week that the priorities are different now.
“…We need to have strong fiscal controls in place and having people looking over each other’s shoulders is a good way of making sure money doesn’t go disappearing," Frerichs told Craig Dellimore. "People have said to me, wouldn’t it just be a lot more efficient if we just had one financial officer? And I’ve said yes we could become very efficient, efficient like the city of Dixon Illinois who had one chief financial officer and she was able, from this small little town, over several years to take something like $52 million away from them…”
Republican candidate for Treasurer Tom Cross supports merging the offices of Comptroller and Treasurer, and has introduced and sponsored legislation to achieve that goal, HJRCA 28 from the 93rd General Assembly, SJRCA 13 from the 97th General Assembly and HJRCA 44 from the 98th General Assembly.
The Democrat majority and Democrat House Speaker Mike Madigan have not allowed a hearing on the proposals in Illinois House committees or a vote on the Illinois House floor.