Representative Peter Breen Responds to Governor Rauner’s State of the State Address

Today, Governor Bruce Rauner presented his second State of the State address before a joint session of the Illinois House and Senate in Springfield. The Governor made it very clear that he is not letting the budget impasse stand in the way of transforming state government for the better. Today he presented a roadmap for how he will lower taxes on Illinoisans, while increasing the value of every dollar sent to Springfield.

With one of every four state dollars being spent on pensions, I was pleased to hear that pension reform remains at the top of Governor Rauner’s agenda. Bipartisanship will be a critical element of this process, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on making constitutional and responsible pension reform a reality in Illinois.

Governor Rauner's speech demonstrated how committed he is to improving the lives of every resident of Illinois. His plan to move our state forward has great potential and I hope to see many of his initiatives implemented.