State Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-South Elgin, issued the following news release on the State of the State address:
“I liked some of the governor’s goals but we have to be realistic in our ability to accomplish them. Illinois cannot get back on track until we make a fierce determination to develop fiscal discipline. Everyone is on board with boosting our economy and job growth, those are great things to reach for. I’ll be looking forward to his budget address next month to see specifically how he intends to accomplish those things.”
McConnaughay noted that in Illinois’ current condition, leadership is more important than ever.
“As a former executive in county government I understand the challenges facing Gov. Quinn, but establishing the right priorities and a commitment to fiscal discipline starts at the top.”
McConnaughay spoke of misplaced priorities. While acknowledging that many of the governor's proposals have merit, McConnaughay said she is concerned that some of the governor's new programs are unaffordable and should not be launched when the state cannot pay for the programs it already has.
“In your household you would not plan a vacation with a hole in your roof; similarly we in the legislature cannot speak of costly endeavors when there are more pressing concerns. I hope that the governor can formulate some realistic proposals that address our problems at their core,” said McConnaughay. “I will continue to advocate with my fellow legislators for thoughtful solutions that get our economy healthy and our budget balanced.”