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House Republicans complain Pritzker won’t listen to them

Monday, May 20, 2019

* Capitol News Illinois

Illinois House Republican leadership will brief their members Monday on a balanced budget proposal that they say the governor’s office won’t listen to, according to an internal caucus memo obtained by Capitol News Illinois on Friday.

“While Governor Pritzker has been occupied hosting cocktail parties, the House Republican Caucus budget team has been working diligently to ensure we are on sound footing offering a budget plan that doesn’t rely on additional tax increases on Illinois families and small businesses,” Deputy Republican Leader Tom Demmer, of Dixon, said in the memo. […]

A one-page summary of the House Republican budget also includes a one-time fund sweep of $375 million from an income tax refund fund, as well as $175 million from a Pritzker-backed plan to incentivize the payment of delinquent taxes. The proposal also includes $212 million in revenue from a state sports gambling expansion.

Steve Brown, a spokesman for House Speaker Mike Madigan, D-Chicago, called the recent news conferences “mumbo jumbo” and pointed to the working groups as ongoing bipartisan budget negotiations.

“Republican leadership probably needs to be checking with their colleagues because as far as I know Republicans have been in all of the budget working groups that have been meeting both on the budget and on capital. I don’t know why they’d feel like they’ve been excluded,” Brown said. “I know the governor is talking with Republicans, so I’m not really clear what they’re being left out of. I don’t really think there is anything but we’re always happy to have their ideas and, hopefully, their support for the budget that gets put together.”

They’re proposing to use a one-time $375 million sweep to fund permanent spending, which is done a lot, but is never a good idea. You gotta replace that money the following year.

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34 Comments
  1. - Smitty Irving - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 10:58 am:

    Fund sweeps? Who is their budget director? John Filan? /s


  2. - Michelle Flaherty - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 11:02 am:

    House GOP hands out “internal document” in hopes someone will pay attention to them


  3. - Arsenal - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 11:02 am:

    ==While Governor Pritzker has been occupied hosting cocktail parties==

    I’m not sure “lazy dilettante” is really their best phrasing here.


  4. - wordslinger - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 11:07 am:

    –“While Governor Pritzker has been occupied hosting cocktail parties,…–

    Oh behave, baby. Meow.

    Is there a good objective to such b-yatchiness, or is it just the personality of the assistant to the super-minority leader?

    Real heavy-lifting with that one-page “budget.” Tell us again how dedicated fund sweeps are fiscally “sound footing.”


  5. - Grandson of Man - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 11:08 am:

    Listen to what? The ILGOP unanimously, publicly and strongly opposes the graduated income tax.


  6. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 11:17 am:

    ==While Governor Pritzker has been occupied hosting cocktail parties

    I’m not sure “lazy dilettante” is really their best phrasing here.==

    Considering several of them have attended more than one of these “cocktail parties”, I would think not. Wouldn’t want anyone back home to find out they’re also lazy dilettantes. Although they should be able to tell by this lazy proposal. That’s all you got, fund sweeps? Really? Way to be the party of ideas there, ILGOP.


  7. - TheInvisibleMan - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 11:23 am:

    I’m just going to assume that being told “No, we aren’t doing that insane idea of yours” is what the republicans mean by nobody is listening to them.

    We heard you, and we voted you into super minority status.

    Take the hint. Sheesh.


  8. - New Slang - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 11:26 am:

    You had me at “House Republicans Complain…”


  9. - DuPage Saint - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 11:37 am:

    Maybe no one listens to you because you are not relavent. Try winning some elections and come back then


  10. - We'll See - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 11:37 am:

    When you keep singing the same song over and over, year after year folks tend to tune you out.


  11. - IllinoisBoi - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 11:44 am:

    It’s tragic really. The HGOP is like a child trying to get Daddy to look at his latest finger paintings, but Daddy is too busy having cocktails with his buddies.


  12. - Norseman - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 11:44 am:

    Yada, yada, yada. Xth verse same as the first.


  13. - Stuntman Bob's Brother - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 11:44 am:

    Their protests ring a bit hollow, reminds me of the First American Bank commercial about the guy waiting for mortgage approval from the “other” bank: “…We’ve been working our fingers to the bone on your approval since 1989…”


  14. - El Conquistador - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 11:50 am:

    “House Republicans complain…”. That’s all they’re capable of doing. Year after year. Through good and bad times. When solutions are needed.

    Keep it up fellas - winning.


  15. - illini - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 11:52 am:

    I am hardly a novice, nor am I oblivious to how politics works in Illinois. If the ILGOP had any constructive suggestions that would have advanced any resolutions to these critical issues I feel certain they would have been included and incorporated. Everyone wants a win. The fact that their “one page summary” was rejected speaks for itself.


  16. - Blue Dog Dem - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 11:58 am:

    Kinda reminds me of a post headline a few years ago…..House Republicans complain Rauner wont listen to them…


  17. - Hamlet's Ghost - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 12:05 pm:

    Just because you aren’t getting your way doesn’t mean you had no say, or weren’t listened to.


  18. - JS Mill - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 12:21 pm:

    =“While Governor Pritzker has been occupied hosting cocktail parties,”

    Yeah, I am sure he is all ears now.

    =he House Republican Caucus budget team has been working diligently to ensure we are on sound footing offering a budget plan that doesn’t rely on additional tax increases on Illinois families and small businesses,” =

    Yeah, so still not paying the bills, how very “sound”. Talk about kicking the can.

    The ILGOP’s new slogan “We hate Ideas”


  19. - Oswego Willy - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 12:43 pm:

    Meh.

    Why ask “these” Republicans?

    They’re in the minority and want a 51st State, a Caucus refusing to call out these Eastern Block… rubes… and now this caucus wants a… discussion?

    Hmm.


  20. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 12:52 pm:

    Pritzker pledges bipartisan approach as governor

    “Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday — the day after his comfortable win over GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner — that he is laying groundwork for bipartisan action when he takes office.

    Pritzker told The State Journal-Register that on Election Night, he spoke with Senate GOP Leader Bill Brady of Bloomington and House GOP Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs “to say that I look forward to working with them to solve the big problems, the big challenges we’ve got in the state, and I hope they’d be open-minded in working with me, and they both agreed that they would be.”

    Just empty promises quickly forgotten, the bipartisan door only swings one way with JB- when Republicans support his policies.

    https://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/pritzker-pledges-bipartisan-approach-as-governor/article_a2893656-8136-56b7-bfdd-d11ad4dae3d6.html


  21. - Oswego Willy - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 1:01 pm:

    ===Pritzker pledges bipartisan approach as governor===

    Narrator: HGOP members want to break the state up instead of working in a bipartisan way.

    ===Just empty promises quickly forgotten, the bipartisan door only swings one way with JB- when Republicans support his policies.===

    Meh. The GOP GA is a firm “No” on progressive tax and continue to pit old, angry, white rural… against She-Caw-Go instead of trying to find a common ground.

    The GOP GA it seemed is still about “Franks, Drury, and Dunkin” type governing, you know, stopping overrides instead of finding 60 and 30 from a minority position.

    But, you already know all this.


  22. - Louis G Atsaves - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 1:47 pm:

    House GOP comes up with a plan. They get dissed for it. If the House GOP Had failed to come up with a plan, the would have been dissed for it.

    Someone needs to clue tone deaf Brown that the GOP was complaining over not being able to meet with the Governors office on this issue, other than a few “cocktail” parties.

    Tax and spend Democrats. Ya gotta love them.


  23. - Huh? - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 1:53 pm:

    When the IGOP has nothing new to say and is in a super minority, there is nothing to hear.

    In the meantime, break out the cracker and cheese plate to go with the whine.


  24. - Oswego Willy - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 1:58 pm:

    ===House GOP comes up with a plan. They get dissed for it. If the House GOP Had failed to come up with a plan, the would have been dissed for it.===

    They should rally 60 and 30 for it.


  25. - Demoralized - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 2:35 pm:

    ==Tax and spend Democrats==

    Nice slogan. Original. You must have worked all day on that.


  26. - Demoralized - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 2:36 pm:

    LP

    Have you been paying any attention at all or does your computer programming prevent you from making any comments that deviate from your tired programming of the last 4 years?

    Because what you said is a lie.


  27. - Louis G. Atsaves - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 2:42 pm:

    @Demoralized, pretty cool slogan, eh? Can’t take credit for it, just adopted it, but their actions speak pretty loudly on this topic.


  28. - Oswego Willy - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 2:44 pm:

    Oh - Louis G Atsaves -, LOL

    Your patron, Rauner wanted to raise taxes too… ‘nember?

    ‘Cept Rauner would allow a raising of taxes after crippling unions with an ending of collective bargaining and prevailing wage.

    Worked out good for you, though.


  29. - Illinois Resident - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 2:59 pm:

    Hey Republicans, we don’t agree on policy. Kansas did not work out real well. Oh, and get on board with cannabis legalization so we can get some new revenue.


  30. - TwoFeetThick - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 3:03 pm:

    I’ll take a tax and spend Democrat over a borrow and spend Republican anyday.


  31. - Skeptic - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 3:09 pm:

    “over a borrow and spend Republican” You forgot the “Cut taxes which increases the deficit so we have to” before the “borrow” part.


  32. - Michelle Flaherty - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 3:30 pm:

    Q: Could Durkin even deliver half his super-minority caucus for this alleged budget plan?

    A: No.


  33. - wordslinger - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 4:01 pm:

    –Tax and spend Democrats. Ya gotta love them.–

    Says the apologist for the guy who added $12 billion to the pile of unpaid bills in 2.5 years.

    But the State of Illinois checks still made it on time and in full to your house, right Louis?


  34. - Whatever - Monday, May 20, 19 @ 6:37 pm:

    Skim the refund fund? That means no refunds of overpaid taxes. So instead of raising taxes honestly, we’ll just keep taxpayers’ money instead of giving it back to them.


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