DEMANDING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

 

Enough! Time for Leaders, Lawmakers to Quit the Politics and Produce a Budget — Daily Herald, June 29, 2016

Daily Herald

For two years in a row . . . , House Speaker Michael Madigan has delivered a budget calling for billions of dollars more in spending than revenues will support . . . . Scott Drury, of Highwood . . . showed enough backbone to refuse to sign on to the sham of the speaker’s unbalanced budget. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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Stop the Hunt for Scapegoats in the Illinois Budget Crisis — Scott Drury (OpEd), Chicago Tribune, July 14, 2015

Chicago Tribune (Stacked)
Many theories exist for the cause of Illinois’ government shutdown. But the facts reveal that the budget impasse has more to do with searching for a scapegoat than any disagreement about the state’s fiscal situation.

How can we end the stalemate and move Illinois forward? Rauner, Madigan and Cullerton should each issue a public proposal detailing how they plan to close the budget deficit. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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Daring Freshman Dem Defies Mike Madigan — Chicago Sun-Times, April 14, 2014

Sun Times
An astonishing thing just happened. A freshman Democrat dared to say no to the state’s most powerful politician, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.

State Rep. Scott Drury, a Highwood Democrat, was one of a few Democrats who killed Madigan’s millionaire tax. He was the only freshman Democrat to oppose the Speaker. Drury put out a release declaring his opposition and Madigan’s spokesman, Steve Brown, declared it dead for this spring minutes later, blaming Republicans. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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The Issue Is Integrity: Budgeting for Illinois After the Tax Rollback — Chicago Tribune, May 23, 2014

Chicago Tribune (Stacked)
“While Illinois residents may debate whether Illinois has a spending or a revenue problem, they are united in their belief that Illinois has a credibility problem.”— State Rep. Scott Drury, D-Highwood

In a commentary piece published Wednesday in the Tribune’s opinion section, freshman State Rep. Scott Drury correctly narrowed Springfield’s tax debate to one issue: integrity. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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Keep a Promise. Let Illinois’ Income Tax Roll Back – Scott Drury (OpEd), Chicago Tribune, May 21, 2014

Chicago Tribune (Stacked)
In the coming days, the Illinois General Assembly will likely vote on whether to make permanent the so-called temporary income tax increase. At issue is whether Illinois lawmakers will choose honesty over political expediency. It is time for honesty to win a battle in Illinois. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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Welcome to the Backward State of Unpaid Illinois – Scott Drury (OpEd) Reboot Illinois, March 31, 2014

Reboot
“[Illinois’] use of borrowing and budgeting maneuvers such as putting off bills until the following year can obscure the truth.”
– Moody’s Analytics (from State of Illinois Economic Forecast – Feb. 2014)

“Backward” is defined as “in the reverse of the usual or right way.” A simpler definition might be “the State of Illinois.” Last week, the Illinois House had the opportunity to pass historic legislation that would have required Illinois to pay its bills in a timely fashion. Instead, the legislation failed to receive the 60 votes it needed to pass. Because the definition of “backwards” is unlikely to change anytime in the near future, Illinois should simply change its name to “SIONILLI” (Illinois spelled backwards) as a constant reminder of the current state of affairs. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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State Rep Says Bill Would Reduce Taxes Paid By Company that Manages Military Housing Near Fort Sheridan — Chicago Tribune, August 12, 2013

Chicago Tribune (Stacked)
The state representative from Highwood is calling on Gov. Patrick Quinn to veto a bill that would reduce the amount of property taxes paid by the private company that manages military housing near Fort Sheridan. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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Chicago Tribune (Stacked)

Pension? No, Thanks — Chicago Tribune, February 11, 2013

A strange thing is happening in Springfield. Some Illinois lawmakers are turning down the opportunity to take your money . . . . The 22 who have declined pensions: . . . Scott Drury . . . . CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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