SPRINGFIELD — Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement after hearing the budget address today:

This is an extremely tough budget year, and it is my responsibility as an elected official to focus on the needs of my community. The governor’s proposed budget is unacceptable and is not in line with his campaign platform of making Illinois a more “competitive and compassionate” state. While the governor wants to cut funding for higher education, the disabled, mentally ill and those suffering from addictions, he is not proposing that corporate loopholes be closed to help get our state’s budget back on track. Sadly, this budget is being balanced on the backs of working families and those who need help the most, and I can’t support it. Budget Address Martinez

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