Official Statement

“Today, the Illinois House passed the largest spending budget in state history.  While this budget holds the line on some spending, it also increases spending in new areas that have never been funded before.  

Currently the state’s bill backlog is $6.6 billion and our pension debt exceeds $130 billion.  This budget does not fully fund our pension payment, based on hopes that pensioners will take a buyout option instead of their pension.  

I find it very interesting that so many politicians were diametrically opposed to the tax increase, yet they rush to spend every penny with no thought of paying the State’s backlog of bills.

It is irresponsible to continue down this road without a plan for the future.  

Included in this budget is a supplemental appropriation for the Department of Corrections that is sorely needed.  Unfortunately, this just adds $850 million to the stack of old bills without actually paying for it.  That money could have been taken from this coming year's expected revenue.

Many people made a difficult decision last year on taxes to ensure that we pay our bills.  This budget does nothing to ensure those bills are paid.

I cannot support a budget that includes no cuts, continues to under-fund pensions and does nothing to pay down old bills.  That is why I voted ‘No’ on today’s FY19 Budget legislation.”

Springfield, IL…State employees who have been owed back pay since 2010 may soon receive it now that legislation co-sponsored by Rep C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) has passed. House Bill 4290 appropriates wages earned by employees of the State for services provided. “I am glad that a clean bill to pay back pay has finally been given a chance on the House Floor for a vote today and it passed 98-10-1,” said Davidsmeyer.

The dispute over pay began in 2010 when former Governor Pat Quinn threatened to fire state employees and close facilities. Union leaders and Governor Quinn negotiated a compromise that delayed, but contractually guaranteed pay raises. Unfortunately, former Governor Quinn refused to honor the deal and was eventually ordered by the Courts to provide back pay.

However, the Court order did not bring relief.

“The Speaker and his Democrats held one-party control of Illinois and refused to pay this court-ordered payment for five years,” said Davidsmeyer. “Then they had another two years of super-majorities in the House and Senate and refused to do anything about the State’s oldest unpaid bill.”

“I have filed multiple appropriation bills to pay the back pay over the years that were never allowed to see the light of day.”

HB 4290 now moves to the Senate, which must pass it before it can be sent to the Governor’s desk.

“This legislation proves that ignoring your unpaid bills does not make them go away! I am glad the issue of back pay is drawing to an end and I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to take this bill up and pass it immediately.”
Springfield, IL...Opportunity Zones, located in seven of nine local counties, have been approved by the U.S. Treasury and will allow for tax-free investments that create new jobs.

“The federal government has approved seven Opportunity Zones for the 100th Legislative District,” said Davidsmeyer. “Opportunity Zones are geographic areas that encourage long-term investment and allow private investors to use unrealized capital gains to create new jobs.”

Opportunity Zones were created by the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (page 130). Local counties that now have Opportunity Zones are: Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Morgan, Pike and Sangamon.

“Opportunity Zones are judged by three criteria. One, the needs of a zone based on poverty and unemployment rates. Two, zones must be equally distributed throughout the state. Three, local criteria is considered; infrastructure, crime and the longevity of the investment.”

“Jobs are coming back to the 100th District! Businesses and investors know that we have the natural resources, the transportation system, and the people to grow and produce products that are second to none.”