Plainfield – With the State of Illinois in dire need of a properly balanced budget, and reforms becoming more and more necessary, freshman legislator Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has taken on his own advice to the State’s budget process and will send back 30% of his district office’s allotment.
Rep. Batinick stated, “I cannot go to Springfield and preach about the State turning to reforms, and living within its means, without doing the same myself. With this in mind, I have successfully sent thousands of tax-funded dollars intended for my office’s use, back to the State. I always intended to save the State at least 11% of my budget, but with a smart budget and the State always in mind, my district office is returning 30% of its funds. At this time the State of Illinois requires aid to its fiscal issues and I intend to help it in as many ways as I can.”
In addition to his district office savings, Rep. Batinick has sponsored initiatives to study Illinois’ higher education and make it more affordable, and he has also pushed legislation calling for legislators to not accept payment if their budget impasse keeps State employees from receiving their own paychecks.