The General Assembly’s spring break is ending and the House returns to session next Tuesday. While it has been good to be busy in the district, we have much to deal with in Springfield in the short five weeks we have left in our scheduled spring legislative session (scheduled adjournment is Friday, May 19th!)
For the next two weeks we will be spending much of our time in committees working through legislation that has come over from the Senate, and then…the budget. I will keep you posted.
Revenues Decline in March
General funds revenues, which cover the ongoing spending programs of State of Illinois operations, dropped sharply in March 2023. The drop of $563 million in March 2023 cash receipts, put next to comparable figures for March 2022 cash inflows, signals the approaching fiscal challenges facing the State.
The FY23 budget, which covers State spending through the second quarter of 2023 up until June 30, 2023, is based on an assumption of healthy, booming State tax revenues. The March 2023 revenue numbers reported by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA) are a warning that these assumptions may have to be modified or changed in the near future.
Firearms Ban Lawsuit
After hours of oral arguments Wednesday, a federal judge now has the case challenging Democrats’ firearms ban with a ruling on a preliminary injunction expected in the weeks ahead.
The deadline to file your taxes is Tuesday, April 18. If you haven’t filed yet, don’t panic. Here’s what you need to know.
Around the District
I was honored to provide a legislative update on the SAFE-T Act and other pending legislation at the Illinois Sheriff’s Association Chief Deputy and Jail Administrator Conference this week.
Thank you Congresswoman Lauren Underwood for taking the time to meet with me to discuss the needs of our shared communities in House District 105.
I was very pleased to meet with the Peoria Metro New Car Dealers Association and IADA, along with other members of law enforcement and legislators, to discuss dealership vandalism, state grant funding for the Greater Peoria Area Crimes Task Force, and IADA dealership initiatives for the 103rd General Assembly.
Purple Up for Military Kids
Don’t forget to Purple Up Saturday to show your support for military kids! This weekend we recognize these amazing children and their ability to overcome the unique challenges that come with being in a military family.