This week in Springfield, Governor Rauner addressed another joint session of the legislature as he laid out a plan for a state budget for fiscal year 2019. I was encouraged that the proposed budget includes money for operations for the Murphysboro correctional facility.
Staff members are already in place at the facility receiving training, and it is expected that the minimum security prison and re-entry facility will be fully operational next month. As I have previously stated, the reopening and repurposing of the facility means good paying jobs for our region and it will provide a means for lessening the burden on our overcrowded prisons throughout the state.
In 2015, I stood in front of the shuttered IYC for a press conference to announce that I had introduced legislation aimed at reopening it. Next month, the building will reopen and eventually create 100 good paying jobs for hard working southern Illinoisans.
NEWS LINKS ON MURPHYSBORO REOPENING!
The Citizen Tribune: Murphysboro Re-entry Center set to open
WSIU Radio - Rep. Terri Bryant Says Staff Start Moving in to Former IYC Murphysboro on Feb. 16
Governor’s Budget Address Reaction - Bryant Says Budget Address is Just First Step
Springfield....State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) issued the following statement in reaction to Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget address on Wednesday.
“Today’s budget address is the jumping off point for what I hope will be a fruitful next few months of negotiations. The most important thing we do as legislators is pass balanced budgets that reflect the priorities of our constituents.
Last year, when I voted to pass the first balanced budget in more than two years, I said at the time that passing a budget was just the start. Illinois must remain on a very tight, very strict fiscal diet going forward if we are to overcome the challenges of rising costs and past due bills.
In addition to fiscal restraint, Illinois must grow its economy by enticing companies to locate in Illinois to take advantage of our wealth of natural resources, our world class institutions of higher learning, and our skilled and dedicated work force. The key to economic growth is for Illinois to get the boot off the neck of the job creators and enact policies that help us be competitive with our neighboring states.
Throughout the next several months, I will work with my colleagues in the House to craft a budget that reflects the priorities of Southern Illinoisans, abides by wise fiscal policy, and enacts economic policy that will help grow good paying jobs for the hard-working families.”
WJPF Radio Interview
I had a great discussion with Tom Miller of WJPF’s Morning NewsWatch on Friday. We talked about the current state of Illinois’ financial picture, our political environment, the Governor’s budget address, and why I am the best candidate to serve the 115th district in Springfield. The Primary Election is heating up, and as we move closer to election day, I would encourage you to check out my website at www.bryantforillinois.com to stay up to date on the latest news.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO MY INTERVIEW WITH TOM MILLER OF WJPF RADIO
Cheap Chicken Dinner Fundraiser Coming Up Next Week!
Coming up on Sunday, February 25, 2018 I'll host my 3rd Annual Cheap Chicken Dinner at the DuQuoin American Legion from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets are only $10 per person and kids under 12 eat FREE! This is a great way to get a cheap family dinner and show your support for my re-election campaign. There will be door prizes and plenty of food for everyone. I look forward to seeing you there.
You can RSVP by visiting the event page on Facebook by clicking here or call Carolyn at 618-559-4997 or email us at [email protected]
My office in Mt. Vernon is open Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is open Monday through Thursday, each from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my official website at www.repbryant.com - or visit www.bryantforillinois.com for the latest endorsements in the race for 115th district State Representative.
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State Representative - 115th District