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Lawmakers from Illinois’ neighbors oppose federal bailout


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(The Center Square) – State and federal lawmakers from some of Illinois’ neighboring states say taxpayers there, many of whom left Illinois, should not be on the hook for a federal bailout of the state’s budgetary mess.

On Tuesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced he had told his agency heads to prepare for “nightmare scenario” cuts of 5% for the current fiscal year and 10% for the following one that begins next summer. 

The $43 billion budget Pritzker enacted for the current fiscal year appropriated more than the Legislature ever has and relies on billions of dollars in federal aid and the passage of a progressive income tax amendment in November.



U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Indiana, joined Missouri state Rep. Justin Hill, R-Lake St. Louis, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-Florida, and others for a call hosted by the Save our Country Coalition to warn against the ongoing negotiations in Washington D.C. that could result in federal dollars being funneled to states without spending restrictions. 

“It is a pleasure to be a neighbor to Illinois because we do benefit from a lot of their craziness,” Braun said. He also said he and other Republicans opposed “blue state bailouts.” :snip:

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