State Sen. Barickman reacts to Pritzker’s budget proposal

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s vision to balance the state’s finances will depend on key votes in the Illinois General Assembly. 

Many local lawmakers are sharing their thoughts on that proposal, including State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), who Wednesday said “We should learn from […] Not repeat our mistakes.” 

“This budget relies on taxing, spending more money […] These are chapters that we’ve seen in the playbook’s past,” Barickman said Thursday. 

Meanwhile, State Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) said he thinks the budget is an important marker for what it’s going to take to the return the state budget to what it should be.

Koehler said he is confident this new administration will work withlocal lawmakers, and not against them. 

Key components to Pritzker’s proposal are based on revenue streams that aren’t legal yet. In order to tax marijuana and sports betting, lawmakers must first legalize them.

“Gov. Pritzker is banking these revenues now, even though these programs aren’t the law,” he said. “Those are the tricks that have gotten our state in trouble. We can’t count on revenues that don’t exist.”

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