GLENVIEW, Ill. – State Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, D-Glenview, responded to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s budget proposal on Wednesday, calling for greater access to health care and measures to aid small businesses:
“Governor Pritzker offered some very constructive ideas in his budget proposal, including increasing revenue by closing corporate loopholes without raising taxes on everyday Illinoisans. However, his proposal is just that: a starting point. As we undertake the process of crafting Illinois’ budget, we must take into account the needs of small businesses and local public schools.
“It is critical that we have a budget that addresses the pervasive, systemic inequality that every community in Illinois faces. One of the key areas that we need to improve is access to quality, affordable health care. Countless Illinoisans have limited access to critical medical care because they cannot afford to pay the bills. Health care is a human right and we must not restrict that right based on income. Our budget must reflect that and I look forward to working with my colleagues to craft a budget that addresses these priorities.”