JoyceBudget1SPRINGFIELD – Following the Senate’s passage of the Fiscal Year 2025 state budget, State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) released the following statement:

“The budget has a lot of great aspects, and many of the issues that are important to the 40th District were addressed this year, but ultimately I could not support it.

“There were several spending issues I advocated to change that would have reduced the need for additional revenues. I would like to see continued efforts to reduce long-term debt and increases in funding for line items that would help local communities reduce property taxes and cost of living expenses. These are things we owe to middle class, hardworking Illinoisans.

“While I recognize and appreciate the efforts of my colleagues to address our state’s issues, I cannot in good conscious support a financial plan I believe falls short of adequately addressing the needs of our residents.”