January , 2019

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Illinois House Republicans have introduced a measure that would require the General Assembly to pass a balanced budget or risk not being paid.

While there is a current balanced budget requirement on the books, it has no teeth. In the past budget years, accounting tricks or gimmicks have been used — and as a consequence we have billions of dollars in bills piling up.

House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 32 is our effort to inject accountability into our state’s budget process. It demands that the Auditor General must certify the budget is balanced or risk serious consequences including:

-Stopping payment for the salary of General Assembly members and Constitutional Officers; and

-Stopping all payments, besides those affecting public safety of the State, required by law, or required by the federal government

These startling consequences would ensure that the Illinois legislature does its’ job and we hope you’ll join us in supporting this measure by signing our petition.

Rep. Tom Cross

IL House Republican Leader

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