Batinick on budget: Keep it simple, state

Glenn Minnis | Will County Gazette

State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) admits that he doesn’t have a state budget plan – which is exactly what Illinois needs, he says.

Putting an end to the budget crisis that has paralyzed the state for some 18 months, leaving it billions in debt, is fairly simple, Batinick argues.

“Any new budget idea should start with the money that we have coming in and do a baseline budget based on that,” he told the Will County Gazette.

Batinick stressed that his plan isn’t a budget proposal but more of a common-sense method that works in any type of negotiation.

“It would give everybody a reality of where we are,” he said, adding that the adjustments made to the so-called “grand bargain” budget offered recently doesn’t make it much better...

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