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Governor's Budget Address
SPRINGFIELDGovernor Bruce Rauner delivered his annual Budget Address to a joint session of the General Assembly today, emphasizing the need to focus on economic growth and job creation as the way to achieve a sustainable balanced budget that, paired with long-overdue structural reforms, can set the state back on a path toward long-term prosperity and opportunity for every Illinois family. 


State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) called attention to a passage from the Governor’s speech that reflects the grim reality at the root of what has plagued Illinois in recent years: 

"For years now, families in Illinois have been voting with their feet. In just six years, we’ve seen a migration loss of more than 540,000 residents. They’re leaving for jobs, higher wages and lower costs of living.
 
If we had the right policies – if we’d made changes to fix our broken system – if we had just grown our economy at the national average, since 2000, we’d have 650,000 more jobs than we have today…" – Governor Bruce Rauner

“The Governor effectively identified what has been ailing Illinois; and a path forward we can commit to together as Democrats and Republicans to achieve a balanced budget,” Representative Sosnowski said. “Before we can come together to end the current budget impasse, we have to be honest with ourselves and with each other on the realities that have led us to this point, and the options that exist to move Illinois forward in a responsible way.”
Rep. Joe Sosnowski
ROCKFORD Illinois suffers from chronic structural inefficiencies that contribute to the destabilization of the state budget, siphoning scarce resources away from vital services meant to ensure a safety net for Illinois families. In an effort to reshape some the state’s basic priorities in a forward-thinking way, State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) has introduced common-sense solutions by crafting a good governance legislative package that improves government transparency, efficiency and accountability.

“Restoring faith in state government and opportunity and growth to our economy begins with making common-sense reforms to the shortcomings in current law that allow for waste, fraud and abuse,” said Rep. Sosnowski. “This package serves as a step towards moving Illinois forward by setting priorities to make state government more accountable and effective.”
Rep. Joe Sosnowski
SPRINGFIELD With Illinois’ unfunded pension liability reaching an estimated $129.8 billion in November 2016 according to a report by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA), State Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) has introduced a package of six new bills in the Illinois House of Representatives to make common-sense, constitutional reforms to Illinois’ pension systems. 

“Inaction is not an option,” Rep. Sosnowski said. “Public employees, current retirees and taxpayers alike deserve a pension system that is in a stable financial condition, reliable for those who depend upon it now and sustainable for those are planning for retirement in the future. I have introduced this package as an opportunity to renew good-faith negotiations on ways Democrats and Republicans can work together to achieve pension reform that is constitutional, cost-saving, and constructive.”
Rep. Joe Sosnowski
ROCKFORDState Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) has been re-appointed to serve on the Legislative Audit Commission, the panel responsible for the oversight of the stewardship of public funds and monitoring action to correct weaknesses disclosed by the audits of state agencies.

The Commission’s work has taken on particular importance during the ongoing federal and state investigations of Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino into his alleged campaign spending irregularities, which continues to cast public doubt on the integrity of the Office of Auditor General.  The Legislative Audit Commission reviews all audits conducted by the Auditor General. 

The Legislative Audit Commission is comprised of 12 legislators appointed by the General Assembly leadership with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans from both the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate. 

“Ensuring the integrity of how public funds are spent is one of the most basic responsibilities of state government,” Rep. Sosnowski said. “I am honored to accept this appointment to serve as a taxpayer watchdog on the Legislative Audit Commission.”
Rep. Joe Sosnowski
ROCKFORDState Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) issued the following statement today in response to the court motion filed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan late Thursday seeking to block state employees from getting paid:

“Why AG Madigan would use state workers as pawns is absolutely terrible and does little to help the impasse. She should give her father some advice and tell him to put Illinoisans first by negotiating so that we can have real reforms that grow Illinois.  His 45 years in office have not been productive for our state,” Representative Sosnowski said. 

For questions or more information, please contact Representative Sosnowski’s office at (815) 547-3436.

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Veterans Memorial Hall, Rockford
ROCKFORDState Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) is offering a new online resource for northern Illinois veterans and their families to learn about the full range of state benefits and services they may be eligible for. Representative Sosnowski’s comprehensive “Illinois Veterans’ Benefits” brochure is available to view or download HERE. Constituents who do not have access to the internet may request a copy of the brochure be mailed to them by calling Representative Sosnowski’s office at (815) 547-3436. 

"One of my most important priorities is ensuring that our veterans have access to all the benefits they have earned in service to our country,” said Representative Sosnowski said. “Many veterans are not aware that some of these benefits are available to them, particularly with regard to employment, educational opportunities, and veterans’ homebuyer assistance. I hope that everyone who has a friend or loved one that has served in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces will help us reach as many veterans as possible throughout the Rockford area with this informational brochure.”
SPRINGFIELDGovernor Bruce Rauner delivered his annual State of the State Address to a joint session of the General Assembly in Springfield today, citing the challenges and opportunities facing Illinois as the state continues to grapple with a budget impasse that has now extended beyond 18 months. 
Rep. Joe Sosnowski

“The Governor again highlighted his willingness to compromise to help make Illinois an economic engine in the Midwest,” said Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford). “The State Senate in a bipartisan effort is working toward compromise, and while we can agree or disagree with the various proposals coming out of those negotiations,  the House leadership led by the Speaker who has been in office for 45 years, is showing no willingness to follow their lead and move Illinois forward. It’s a shame.”

The Governor is scheduled to submit his budget plan to the General Assembly during his forthcoming Budget Address at the Capitol on February 15, 2017. 

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