January 10 – State Sen. Chapin Rose says he’s excited to see how the new General Assembly comes together, but he doesn’t want to see state spending get out of hand.
In an interview with the Senate Press Office, the Mahomet Republican said he voted “no” earlier this week when the previous legislature approved changing state law to increase the salaries of Cabinet positions by 15 percent at Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker’s behest.
“What worries me is the Democrats already seem to be spending money we don’t have,” Rose said. “Certainly the last action of the last General Assembly was to authorize double-digit pay raises for Springfield bureaucrats who already make six figures.”
With Pritzker set to be sworn in next week, the Democrats will control the executive and legislative branches, holding a super-majority in the General Assembly.
Rose said he will wait to hear Pritzker’s budget plans before passing any judgments.
“It’s only fair and only right that he gets a chance to lay out his vision for how we’re going to get Illinois out of this mess,” he said.
Re-elected without opposition in November, Rose doesn’t want his new colleagues to just throw money at the state’s problems.
“I think what many are going to find difficult is that the state’s budget is still fiscally unsound, with deficit spending going into next year,” he said. “A lot of these new members want to go on spending sprees, and money doesn’t grow on trees. They’re going to find that to be a hard dose of reality.”