State Sen. Neil Anderson joined colleagues from both sides of the aisle in voting against a fiscal year 2016 budget that spends $36.3 billion, while the state is only expected to take in $32 billion in revenue.
“I’m the new guy in the Senate but one of the things I have learned is that we agree on things more often than not. This is why I don’t see why what we’re doing bickering about this budget when together we could be finding a way to make it work,” said Anderson during debate on the Senate floor. “It’s sad that instead of negotiating in good faith to come up with a budget that is balanced, and constitutional, we’re voting on a budget that is unbalanced by $4 billion.
Four months ago I had the great honor of being sworn in to represent the 36th District in the Illinois Senate. On that day I took an oath to uphold the Illinois Constitution and it requires us to pass balanced budgets. This budget is not balanced and it’s not constitutional. I’m voting ‘no.’”