Sauer Calls on AG to Step In and Enforce Balanced Budget Rule

State Representative Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington) has joined 39 House colleagues in sending a letter to Attorney General Lisa Madigan in an effort to move the state budget process forward. The letter calls on Attorney General Madigan to use the power of her office to compel the Illinois General Assembly to adopt a revenue estimate prior to the filing and passage of any spending bills to prevent further damage to the state’s finances and the many social service providers who serve the state’s most vulnerable.

In the letter, Sauer and his co-signers cite several prior court rulings and instances which set precedent for the Attorney General to intervene to ensure the Illinois Constitution is upheld. Both the Constitution and state law require the General Assembly to adopt a revenue estimate on which to base a balanced budget for the forthcoming fiscal year, an action which has not occurred in either of the past two years and hasn’t yet occurred for the coming fiscal year.

“Since the budget impasse began, almost no one has mentioned a critical aspect to resolving the issue, the need for a revenue estimate,” said Sauer. “Without an official revenue estimate that defines how much the state can legally appropriate, we cannot move forward. Due this reality, the Attorney General needs to use her legal authority to represent the people and enforce the obligation of the General Assembly to adopt a revenue estimate and appropriate a balanced budget based on that estimate.”

Sauer continued, “We have ten days left in the regular legislative session to craft a solution which provides stability to those who care for our most vulnerable, job creator, schools and taxpayers. The legal precedent exists for the Attorney General to step in and she has expressed opinion that supports the legal requirements for the revenue estimate. Now is the time to act, I hope she will use her authority as soon as possible.”

Including today, 10 days remain until the deadline of May 31 to pass a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2018.



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