State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) co-sponsored House Joint Resolution 124 to adopt a revenue estimate to begin the budgeting process for fiscal year 2019.

“When I was sworn in as State Representative, I pledged to adhere to the US and State Constitution. Our State Constitution mandates the Illinois General Assembly set a revenue estimate and not spend more than we bring in as a State. In the time I have served in Springfield, the legislative majority has not followed these requirements, with terrible fiscal consequences,” critiqued Rep. Spain.

House Joint Resolution 124 adopts a revenue estimate of $37.672 billion for fiscal year 2019, based on the estimate provided by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA).

“After setting a revenue estimate, our appropriations committees can then take up the hard work of crafting a balanced FY 19 State Budget that does not spend more than we bring in,” Spain continued.

A revenue estimate is required by state law:

The House and Senate by joint resolution shall adopt or modify such estimates as may be appropriate. The joint resolution shall constitute the General Assembly’s estimate, under paragraph B of Section 2 of Article VIII of the Constitution, of funds estimated to be available during the next fiscal year (25 ILCS 155/4(a))

It is also required by Subsection (b) of Section 2 of Article VIII of the Constitution of Illinois:

Appropriations for a fiscal year shall not exceed funds estimated by the General Assembly to be available during that year.

After a phone call on Friday with Dr. Shah, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) is sharing important information about the risk of synthetic cannabinoid products. Dozens of people in Illinois, including two who died, have experienced severe bleeding, such as coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody nose, and/or bleeding gums, after using synthetic cannabinoids. The Illinois Department of Public Health strongly urges everyone NOT to use synthetic cannabinoids. Synthetic cannabinoids are human-made, mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other device. They are not safe and can be unpredictable, dangerous, or even life-threatening.