Swanson reacts to Governor Pritzker’s State Budget Address

State Representative Dan Swanson provided his reaction to Governor J.B. Pritzker’s remote-delivered State Budget Address/ State of the State Speech this week.

“The Governor proposed a state budget built on spending which outpaces revenues,” said Swanson.

“I was encouraged to hear an acknowledgement of the need to increase higher education funding.  It is my hope this will encourage enrollment and retain homegrown Illinois talent,” said Swanson. “However, I would have liked to have heard some mention of veterans beyond one casual mention, regarding vaccine mandates. I was disappointed the Governor did not address a fix to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund debt of over $4.4 billion and growing about $2 million/week in interest alone.”

The Fiscal Year 2023 State Budget proposed by Governor Pritzker on Wednesday proposes spending $45.4 billion, an increase of $2.5 billion over the previous year’s budget despite revenue decreasing by $460 million over the previous year’s revenue.

74th District residents can learn more about the budget process as it proceeds throughout the Spring at Rep. Swanson’s legislative website at repswanson.com.