From the campaign to elect Ron Sandack (81st House District)…
Reform Would Ensure Lawmakers See Price Tag of Bills Before Voting
SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator Ron Sandack today reiterated his long-held stance that all legislation in Springfield should be required to have a “fiscal note” so that the cost to taxpayers is identified prior to any formal votes on the bill.
“Right now there are thousands of pieces of legislation that have been proposed in Springfield, yet only a few of them detail the impact they will have on Illinois’ already bleak fiscal situation,” Sandack explained. “With this very simple, commonsense reform we will force legislators to take the cost of the bill into account each time they vote. Additionally, we will provide added transparency to the legislative process as this will give the public full details on the cost of each measure and how their representatives are spending their tax dollars.”
A fiscal note is an analysis of the fiscal impact of a specific piece of legislation, detailing the effect that bill would have on the budget should it be made into law. These notes have been referred to as “price tags” by several civic organizations and media outlets. According to the non-profit Illinois Policy Institute, only 9 of the 650 new laws passed by the General Assembly in 2011 had fiscal notes.
Sandack is a co-sponsor of SB0031, a bill proposed by State Senator Pam Althoff in 2011 to increase the use of fiscal notes. Despite bi-partisan support the bill did not make it out of committee, but Sandack has pledged his continuing support of the measure.
Sandack concluded: “Illinois will never fix its financial problems until we change the way we develop budgets. Every expenditure must be scrutinized to determine if it is a worthwhile use of the public’s tax dollars.”
About Ron Sandack:
Ron Sandack is the former Mayor of Downers Grove, appointed State Senator for the 21st District, and a partner at Gaido & Fintzen. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Juris Doctor from DePaul University’s College of Law. Ron and his wife Kevan live in Downers Grove with their two children: Clare (14) and Jack (12). To learn more about Ron and his campaign, visit www.ron4illinois.com