While this year looks unlike any year previously, Senate lawmakers watched from their respective districts as the Governor delivered a combined State of the State and Budget Address virtually to members of the General Assembly on February 17.
State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) issued the following statement after the Address:
"This year has been devastating for so many of our residents, with the pandemic taking a monumental toll on Illinois’ communities, schools and businesses. Now is the time in which our state needs responsible leadership the most, and that begins with embracing real structural reforms that help our economy begin the road to recovery.
“Illinois needs a budget that fights for our business community and works to create economic opportunity. Especially here in Southern Illinois, where the backbone of our business community is locally-owned, small businesses, we have to be committed to providing relief and assistance to those who were hit hardest by repeated shutdowns and rigid restrictions.
“Disappointingly, the budget proposal put forth today is out-of-balance and does nothing to help businesses and job creators of this state who continue to struggle day-to-day.
“Moving forward, I will continue to advocate for economic development and job creation in Southern Illinois.”