Rep. Davidsmeyer Responds to Gov. Pritzker’s $52.7 Billion Budget Proposal for 2025

Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer listens to Gov. Pritzker's State of the State/Budget Address in the Illinois House on Feb. 21, 2024

This afternoon, Governor Pritzker outlined his plan for a $52.7 billion budget for Illinois, the largest spending proposal in state history. His plan includes more than $1 billion in new taxes and other budget gimmicks and does not reflect the overall priorities of Illinois taxpayers. State Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Murrayville) is critical about the proposed budget.

“The Governor continues to make more and more new promises for brand new spending,” stated Rep. Davidsmeyer. “In the last decade, the Illinois budget has gone from $33 billion to a proposed $52.7 billion. Meanwhile, the state is neglecting the developmentally disabled who have been waiting on the PUNS list to receive services for almost as many years.”

PUNS is a database of Illinois children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities who want or need developmental disability services. The PUNS database helps the Division of Developmental Disabilities identify and plan for your services.

“Then there is the reality of the illegal immigration issue, which Gov. Pritzker blames on Texas Governor Abbott, rather than President Biden,” continued Rep. Davidsmeyer. “The idea that a new law is needed to close our borders is completely negated by the fact the prior president had policies that all but stopped illegal immigration. The Governor’s sanctuary state policies have cost Illinois taxpayers over $2 billion, which continues to grow.”

“And finally, how is Pritzker going to pay for all this new spending?  He’s going to raise taxes by another billion dollars! The Governor is using Illinois taxpayers to fund his political race to the bottom, comparing our state to California as he prepares for his own political future and Presidential aspirations against their governor,” added Davidsmeyer.

Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer and his House Republican colleagues support a balanced budget without tax hikes and will continue to fight for responsible state spending which prioritizes taxpayers and our most vulnerable citizens.