Summer Construction Plan should not be halted

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline) wanted to reassure the community that he is confident the General Assembly and the Governor can come to a quick resolution on the Capital Plan so summer construction projects are not put in jeopardy.

"The Governor is calling for a special session which would require members to come back to Springfield to vote to re-appropriate dollars to the capital program," stated Senator Jacobs, a member of the Appropriations I Committee.  "The Senate Democratic Caucus acted on this measure before May 31st; however, the bill's House sponsor chose not to concur with the amendment to House Bill 2189."  

The problem has become that Governor Quinn wants to spend an additional $431 million which has to be authorized by the Senate Democrats. However, the General Assembly has been fiscally responsible and cut spending to ensure the budget remains balanced without borrowing and creating additional debt.  

"Another proposed option would include addressing this issue during veto session, at which point there would be concrete numbers and we would know for sure if the allocation of more money was necessary or not," stated Senator Jacobs.