Senator Martinez State of the State AddressSPRINGFIELD — Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement after hearing the State of the State address today:

The campaign is over and it is time to find common ground on how to move Illinois forward. While I was pleased that the governor discussed hiring more minorities for construction projects and apprenticeship programs, his words are inconsistent with the actions of an administration that has fired many Latinos in high-level policymaking positions. Furthermore, I do not think attacking working families and public employees and eroding their hard earned pay and protections will lead to a better future for the residents of Illinois. Instead, I think we should do what the voters overwhelmingly supported during the November election and raise the state’s minimum wage, which will help workers become financially independent.

I pledge to carefully evaluate the governor’s proposals during this legislative session, and I look forward to hearing more details during his budget address.

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