The Illinois House is in session in Springfield again this week as the clock ticks down on putting a 2016 budget in place.

Representative Wehrli, along with fellow House Republican freshmen Keith Wheeler, Steven Andersson and Mark Batinick ask "Why can't reasonable people come up with a budget?"  Click here to read their take in the issue.
As Democrat leaders in the Illinois General Assembly “double down” on billions of dollars in deficit
spending, State Representative Grant Wehrli today said Governor Rauner is doing the right thing by initiating budget management steps to bring the budget back into balance.

“We have a mountain of debt created a decade of fiscal mismanagement. We need to be responsible about our spending. We need to live within our means. Since it’s clear that Speaker Madigan and President Cullerton are unwilling to negotiate a responsible budget, it’s up to the Governor to bring spending back in line with revenues. I’m glad we have a governor who’s up to the job,” Representative Wehrli said.

House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton this spring abandoned the bi-partisan budget working group set up by the Governor, and in recent weeks pushed through the General Assembly a budget that spends $4 billion more than the state is expected to bring in in revenue in the new fiscal year that begins in July.

Governor Rauner this week announced the initiation of budget management steps that will immediately cut $400 million in state spending in the coming year to begin to bring the Democrats’ spending plan back into balance.