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“The governor’s budget address today outlined the fiscal challenges we face this year, but I don’t believe some of his estimates were accurate. We have yet to fully implement last year’s Medicaid reforms, our backlog of unpaid bills has grown to $9 billion, and we face $1 billion in additional pension costs in the coming fiscal year
The House has adopted resolutions agreeing on a projected revenue estimate of $35.081 billion for fiscal year 2014, an increase of $1 billion over the current year’s revenue projections. We need to budget within that limit, keeping in mind the $1 billion additional pension obligation.
The Governor is also calling for a massive expansion of Medicaid which we simply cannot afford. Just last year we struggled to downsize our Medicaid program to rein-in out of control costs to ensure we could still provide services for those in critical need.
Last year we passed a joint resolution to divide the budget among four House appropriations committees and then required those committees to spend within their means. We need to implement this plan again and spend lest that projected revenue so we can pay off our bills.”
-Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale)
SPRINGFIELD—In an effort to bring jobs back to working Illinois families, State Representative Patricia (R-Hinsdale), joined her colleagues today in cosponsoring a jobs creation package in Springfield.
The package works to bring businesses to Illinois by creating opportunities in new fields such as ethanol and biodiesel research, while also creating tax credits and lessening regulations which deter businesses from moving to Illinois.
“We need to work to make Illinois as employer and employee friendly as possible,” said Bellock. “This package will roll back the corporate tax increase, ease regulations on businesses, reduce the cost of starting an LLC, and make Illinois’ Research and Development Tax Credit permanent.”
• House Bill 2890 would accelerate the Corporate Tax Rollback to promote economic growth.
• House Bill 107 would establish a Workers’ Compensation primary causation standard to qualify for benefits.
• House Bill 2892 would ease regulations on businesses, expedite and simplify licensure, and take steps to clean out superseded or bypassed Illinois laws and administrative rules.
• House Bill 2891 would make the Research & Development Tax Credit of 2012 permanent, adding biodiesel and ethanol research as qualified R&D activities.
• House Bill 2230 would reduce the cost of setting up a LLC in Illinois.
“Our goal is to bring more businesses to Illinois, not drive them away,” said Bellock. “These simple changes will not only incentivize companies to choose Illinois, they would also help existing businesses.”
SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) took the oath of office again today as state representative as the 98th General Assembly convened for the first time this session. House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) proudly announced Bellock as his Assistant Minority Leader in front of hundreds at the inaugural ceremony at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
“Patti Bellock has been an extremely dedicated legislator and has worked tirelessly on Medicaid reform and to balance our state Budget,” said Cross. “I am proud to have Patti join the House Minority Leadership team.”
Bellock has been credited for landmark legislation in the areas of mental health parity, MRSA infection control, improving the Amber Alert system, strengthening child support in Illinois and has received state and national recognition for her expertise on Medicaid and health care systems.
“I thank Leader Cross for this opportunity to serve as Assistant Leader,” said Bellock. “With Illinois’ future obligations estimated at over $200 billion, it’s time to for the General Assembly to make meaningful reforms to do what is right and necessary for our state.”
For more information please contact Representative Patti Bellock at email@example.com