Give lawmakers input into re-opening plan!
The Governor’s plan to re-open Illinois needs the input of all of the state’s diverse regions, not just large cities, and Senator Chuck Weaver says legislative leaders must schedule public hearings on the plan when lawmakers return to Springfield next week.
Weaver’s comments follow a letter sent May 14 by Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady to Senate President Don Harmon, requesting a public hearing next week with the Governor’s staff to let lawmakers ask how they came to the conclusions in their re-opening plan, and what revisions they would accept to help get the state’s economy back on track more quickly.
As a result of continued pressure by local, state and legislative Republican leaders, the General Assembly will return to Springfield May 20-22 to address concerns facing Illinois as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as work on other time-sensitive issues and a state budget for the next fiscal year.
"We have a number of issues that require action by lawmakers, like a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year. We also welcome the opportunity to review recent actions by the Pritzker Administration relating to the COVID-19 health crisis,” Weaver said. “For those who are questioning the constitutionality of some of the Governor's actions, lawmakers could address his Executive Orders legislatively.”
The 37th District Senator says he also wants to have much more input into fiscal decisions – for the current Fiscal Year and for Fiscal Year 2021 – that are needed to address staggering state revenue shortfalls that are the result of back-to-back stay-at-home government-ordered shutdowns that have also cut deeply into many residents’ income earnings.
“Our Caucus has been warning for weeks of the dire financial consequences of his back-to-back stay-at-home orders, with no regional consideration for businesses, many of which are facing fiscal ruin. And if these businesses close, they take with them the many jobs they provide,” he said. “We will continue to advocate on behalf of every business in our district to open in a safe and timely manner.”
Weaver said a re-opening plan with the potential to impact the lives of so many, and which aims to balance public safety concerns with the economic well-being of Illinois, should receive input from the co-equal Executive and Legislative branches of state government. He also notes that state leaders can learn from re-opening ideas being put forth by community leaders across the state.
“We should trust our local leaders to know what will work for their communities and their residents,” he said.
Residents can voice their support for a public hearing by signing a petition at http://senatorweaver.com/sign-the-petition.