Dist. 113 state House candidate blasts incumbent over budget vote
Katherine Ruocco, Republican state House candidate for District 113, called out her opponent after he voted in favor of House Speaker Mike Madigan's (D-Dist. 22) unbalanced budget proposal, which would have raised taxes for the average working family by $1,000 per year and given the Chicago Public School system a $700 million bailout.
“Rep. Jay Hoffman votes YES to a budget that will require a near 50% TAX HIKE," Ruocco posted on her Facebook page. "After being in office since 1991, Rep. Hoffman has led Illinois to the nation's highest property tax rates, highest unemployment rate, highest unfunded pension liability, highest deficit, highest rate of residents fleeing our state. Please Vote NO to Rep. Hoffman and this continuing insanity and support me in November.”
Madigan's bill eventually died in the Senate on the last day of the spring legislative session.
A stopgap budget proposal initiated by Gov. Bruce Rauner as emergency funding for necessities like educational institutions and the Department of Corrections eventually passed before the end of a special summer session. However, the General Assembly has still failed to pass a long-term, balanced budget as required by the state constitution for nearly two years.