With continued high unemployment and billions of dollars in unpaid bills, Governor Quinn focused his State of the State speech today largely on gun control and social issues, State Representative Kay Hatcher said. Hatcher (R-Yorkville) says she was disappointed by the Governor’s misplaced priorities.
“With billions in unpaid bills, an unprecedented one billion dollar pension payment looming and families throughout the state looking for work, what we needed to hear today was the Governor’s vision for stabilizing our economy and creating opportunity. What we heard instead was his wish list on a variety of social issues,” Hatcher said.
In the address before a joint session of the Illinois House and Senate, Governor Quinn touched on a variety of social issues, rather than focusing on addressing the state’s ongoing financial crisis.
“To me, the Governor’s address today sounded like a campaign speech – a little something for everyone, including increasing spending again in areas we just worked so hard to reduce,” Hatcher said. “House Republicans have put forward a variety of proposals to promote jobs and economic growth. I hope that in the coming months the Governor will choose to work with us on creating economic stability for our families first,” Hatcher said.