Rep. Tracy says State of State did "not line up with the priorities of Western Illinois"
3 months, 1 week ago
State Representative Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) released the following statement in response to Governor Quinn's 2013 'State of the State' address.
"The issues the Governor focused his State of the State address on do not line up with the priorities of Western Illinois residents. We heard a lot of talk of social issues and Chicago programs, but very little regarding real ideas to address our failing fiscal condition. He mentioned a number of issues and ideas, but they all focused on expanding the size and scope of state government. In fact, I don't recall one mention of cutting spending and making our state budget more responsible.
"It is hard to argue our state has improved over the past couple of years. We have seen the largest tax hike in state history and eleven credit rating downgrades since Governor Quinn took office. Quinn argued when passing the tax increase that it would improve our fiscal standing and pay off old debts. The opposite has occurred. We now have over $9 billion in unpaid bills, the worst credit rating in the nation, and since 2008 Illinois has lost the 3rd most jobs in the country.
"I certainly don't agree with the Governor's proposals for further gun control. If we want to address violence and gun crimes in Chicago, we need to focus on stricter enforcement of current laws and fix the cracks in our mental health system. Chicago has the strictest gun laws in nation. They also happen to have the highest murder rate of any major city in the country. How would applying those same failed ideas that have been unsuccessful in Chicago, somehow reduce overall violence throughout Illinois?"
Quinn touched on a number of topics during his thirty minute speech, including further attempts at gun control, raising the minimum wage to the highest in the nation, instituting same sex marriage, pension reform, online voter registration and implementation of Obamacare.