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Rep. Mark Batinick
PLAINFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) is providing a new resource for local residents to submit feedback on current state issues by announcing the launch of his 2017 online constituent survey, available on his legislative website.   

The survey covers a wide range of issues including property taxes, the minimum wage, government reforms and the state budget, to name just a few. Rep. Batinick will utilize constituent feedback to help represent the district effectively during the 2017 legislative session of the Illinois General Assembly.

“All of the issues covered in the survey have been considered by the state legislature in the past; and are likely to be again in 2017,” Rep. Batinick said.  “Your feedback helps me to know where residents of our district stand on a wide range of policy questions of concern to Illinois families and taxpayers.”
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More than a year and a half after a blown budget deadline, plans are popping up to break Illinois’ longstanding stalemate.
State Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, released a plan last week that he said would give the long-standing budget standoff a clearer perspective. His “1-2-3 Plan” isn’t a budget, but a method of going about negotiations.
Batinick said the biggest problem with the budget talks that have happened thus far is that no sides are willing to start by making the cuts necessary to keep the state living within its means.
“Any new budget idea should start with the money that we have coming in and do a baseline budget based on that,” he said. “It would give everybody a reality of where we are.”
PLAINFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has been 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 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. Batinick said. “I am honored to accept this appointment to serve as a taxpayer watchdog on the Legislative Audit Commission.”
Rep. Mark Batinick
PLAINFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) today announced his outline for a “1-2-3 State Budget Solution” that would match current revenue estimates, balance spending reforms with structural reforms and prioritize the payment of the existing backlog of state bills, which currently exceeds $10.7 Billion, according to the Office of Comptroller Susana Mendoza.

“First, let’s complete a budget through 2018 that is based on the revenue we have.  Second, let’s make a plan to pay our unpaid bills.  Third, let’s have a thorough discussion about reforms and any new revenue,” Rep. Batinick said.  Passage of a bipartisan budget solution is especially critical in the wake of the court motion filed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan last week seeking to halt state employee pay. 

The first step in Rep. Batinick’s outline to achieve a responsible resolution to the ongoing state budget impasse centers on keeping the budget in line with the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) revenue estimate of approximately $33 Billion, differing from the $38-$40 Billion budget proposal being considered by the State Senate, which contains minimal or no spending reforms. Crafting a state budget at $33 Billion would meet the state’s commitments at a level consistent with the amount of revenue the state takes in. Pension reform would also have to be part of Step 1. (see attached "1-2-3 Plan outline).
MORRIS – The Grundy Economic Development Council and the Grundy Area Vocational Center will have 50 paid internship opportunities for the 2017 Grundy County Summer Internship program.
According to a news release from GEDC CEO Nancy Norton, the program, now in its fifth year, has grown exponentially thanks to the successful partnership between the education and business communities.
“This is a great opportunity for our young people to have real-world experience that will help them as they make future education and career choices. It also opens up their eyes to the great opportunities right here in Grundy County,” Norton said.
Summer internships are available to all juniors and seniors from the four area high schools, Coal City, Gardner/South Wilmington, Minooka and Morris. A wide variety of paid internships are available, in field including but not limited to accounting, engineering, IT, health care, machinists, and much more.
Most positions are fulltime, however, part-time opportunities are available to accommodate interns who might have other summer commitments. Students can view the positions and apply online at gavc-il.org. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 22. If students have additional questions, they can speak with the guidance counselors at their respective schools.
“Many thanks to this year’s participating businesses: Aux Sable Liquid Products, City of Morris, “D” Construction, GEDC, Grainger, Grundy County Health Department, Illinois Truck, Joliet Junior College, LyondellBasell, Mack & Associates, Metalstamp, Midwest Industrial Sales, Morris Hospital, Regency Care, Rezin Orthopedics, SpaceCo Engineering, Standard Bank, US Cold Storage, Utility Concrete, and Village of Minooka,” Norton said in the release.
From the Morris Daily Herald

UPDATE: House Bill 6630 passed the Illinois House of Representatives on January 10 by a vote of 76-24-6.

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House Revenue & Finance Committee today approved legislation filed by State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) to enact a permanent property tax freeze, House Bill 6630. The bill now advances to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

Rep. Batinick’s legislation resets Illinois’ property tax extension formula to 0.0%, starting in levy year 2016 and continuing thereafter with no provision to sunset or be phased out.  It also allows voters of any taxing district to approve a levy increase (property tax hike) by referendum, if they so choose. 

“Property tax relief is the number one issue for suburban homeowners,” Rep. Batinick said. “We need to provide meaningful property tax reform now that will allow working families and seniors on fixed incomes to afford to stay in their homes. House Bill 6630 would accomplish this bipartisan goal.”