Rep. Olsen Reacts to Annual State of the State Address

Today in Springfield, Governor Bruce Rauner presented his third annual State of the State Address before a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly. Following the Governor’s 30-minute speech, State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) issued the following statement:

“The key line for me from the Governor’s speech today was his comment that we all have a moral obligation to work together for change. That really summarizes what we’re here to do, and I think the Governor set the stage for that kind of bipartisanship today.”

“While the need for a truly balanced budget with reforms remains in the forefront of what we need to accomplish as a legislature, I was pleased that the Governor reminded us all that in the face of these challenges we are also afforded great opportunity. I appreciated his optimistic tone, and hope his positivity can serve as the first step toward renewed bipartisanship, which is something every Illinoisan deserves.”

“The Governor pointed to some very real accomplishments that seem to be getting lost in the conversation. Last year funding for Pre-K-12 Education was the highest it has ever been, and solid progress has been made in the areas of ethics reform and government efficiency. These are tangible accomplishments that are already making a difference. These positive steps, combined with the ‘Intersect Illinois’ jobs initiative that is recruiting employers like Amazon to expand in our state, is proof that positive change is happening. ”

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