SPRINGFIELD… State Representative Mike Marron (R-Fithian) voted against the FY 20 budget after being given the copy just 8 hours before the vote. Rep. Marron was encouraged by the steps made to tackle the bill backlog and funding of higher education, but still could not vote for such a comprehensive and fundamentally important bill without the adequate time to go over the 1,500 plus page document. That is three pages a minute to be read, analyzed, and prioritized for a balanced and properly prioritized spending of taxpayers’ money.
“I was encouraged by what I heard from the budget debate tonight. Overall, I think there are some good components in the budget and it is a positive step forward,” said Rep. Marron. “Unfortunately, I only received my copy of the budget early in the afternoon before the vote, so I was unable to thoroughly vet the entire product. Looking after my constituents, I in good conscience could not vote yes on a budget that I was not given enough time to fully read,” continued Rep. Marron.
“I do hope we can continue to work collaboratively together in the future to get our beloved State back on track,” said Rep. Marron. “Our work here is not done, but this is a step in the right direction.”