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Rep. Davidsmeyer's statement on the unbalanced budget

The budget that IL House Democrats advanced yesterday spends nearly $4B more than anticipated revenues for Fiscal Year 2016, increasing the backlog of bills.

IL House Democrats have been unwilling to compromise between two unrealistic ideas: cuts or tax increases. Somewhere in the middle lies reforms and a brighter future.

Unfortunately, IL House Democrats left the bargaining table when House Republicans voiced real fiscal concerns, which is why this budget did not receive a single bi-partisan vote.

Without reforms, every Illinoisan will be asked to give more and more into the future.

It is unreasonable for IL House Democrats to pass an unconstitutional, unbalanced budget. We must focus our dollars on those who can't do for themselves and investing in our future. This can only be done through reforms that grow Illinois' economy to actually fulfill those promises. 
In this week's video update Rep. Davidsmeyer talks about the need to pass a bi-partisan balanced budget.

Springfield, IL…Yesterday, State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) advanced legislation that will cut bureaucratic red-tape and make it easier to attract top-notch educators at the IL School for the Deaf and the IL School for the Visually Impaired. “I was happy to pass legislation that will make it easier for the Illinois School for the Deaf and the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired to hire teachers,” said Davidsmeyer.

“My legislation allows for the local administrators to recruit, hire and retain the best educators for our children,” said Davidsmeyer. “Currently those who want to teach at a state school in Jacksonville must go through the long state hiring process. They often find other employment opportunities while waiting on Illinois government to respond,” said Davidsmeyer.

“This legislation is important because it puts the hiring more directly into the hands of the educators, rather than someone who is sitting in a Springfield office. Hopefully we will shorten the hiring process and keep great teachers and staff coming to ISD and ISVI.”

“This is a step in the right direction to get rid of some of the complicated red tape that we see within government itself,” said Davidsmeyer.

SB220 is sponsored by Sen. McCann in the IL Senate – where it must return for a concurrence vote before heading to Governor Rauner. Stay up-to-date with Rep. Davidsmeyer at
State Representative CD Davidsmeyer & fellow Republican House Members gather around "Remember the Maine!" Memorial.

Jacksonville State Representative CD Davidsmeyer had a busy role in IL House this past week.
Davidsmeyer passed legislation out of committee this week that would give Illinois Schools for the Deaf and Visual Impaired a better chance of attracting qualified teachers.
Davidsmeyer explains the legislation...(read more).

4-H Club Visit IL Capitol

State Representative CD Davidsmeyer with local 4-H Club Members.

Weekly Update for May 18, 2015

In this week's update Rep. Davidsmeyer discusses the second Committee of the Whole in 2 weeks, Right to Work and improvements to U.S. Route 67.

Last week the IL House of Representatives held it's second Committee of the Whole in 2 weeks.  The committee lasted nearly all day and focused on tort reform.  The committee was subject matter only. 

Next, IL House Speaker tried to force an amendment on a bill to make IL a "Right to Work" state.  The amendment was soundly defeated without a single "yes" vote.  

Finally, the IL Department of Transportation announced it's multi-year program.  This 5 year program includes the Jerseyville by-pass starting at Delhi.  The multi-year program consists of three phases:
  1. Engineering and environmental studies
  2. Land acquisition and utility alignment
  3. Road construction, drainage, signage and lighting
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