Rep. Walsh wraps up spring legislative session

6/4/2014, 2:07 p.m.
State Rep. Larry Walsh Jr. (D-Elwood) wrapped up his second full spring legislative session on Friday having supported measures aimed ...

State Rep. Larry Walsh Jr. (D-Elwood) wrapped up his second full spring legislative session on Friday having supported measures aimed at cutting wasteful spending in the state budget and creating good paying jobs for working families throughout the 86th district.

“At the start of the year my main goals were to help stimulate job creation, provide essential services to children and seniors and find ways to reduce the cost of government, which I think we were able to accomplish this spring,” Walsh said. “I was happy to have the opportunity to return to Springfield this year. I believe I was able to use knowledge I gained from my first full session to get more involved in the process and help pass common sense legislation.”

At a time when so many families are still struggling through a stagnant economy and with so many schools in the 86th district seeing larger class sizes, teacher layoffs, and school funding squeezed by the needs of other critical state services, Walsh sponsored a plan that would send more needed funding to our schools by taking the burden off middle-class families and requiring millionaires to pay their fair share through a 3 percent surcharge on income earned over $1 million. House Bill 3816 is currently awaiting the Governor’s signature.

“Just as the many families in the 86th district need to budget and live within their means, I feel my fellow colleagues and I should share in the sacrifice and not receive any pay raises, so cuts will not have to be as deep this year,” Walsh said. “We as legislators must continue to lead by example and share in the sacrifice that many feel on a day to day basis.”

Walsh also supported legislation that will create jobs and help local businesses with road projects. The projects are expected to put thousands of people to work across Illinois, providing much-needed economic recovery at a time when the state needs it most. The initiative will also provide for long-awaited improvements to roads, bridges, and grants for municipalities, counties and township road districts throughout the state.

With the adjournment of the spring legislative session, Walsh will now return to the 86th district to resume engaging local families, organizations and community leaders in the state legislative process. For questions or concerns regarding state-related issues, please contact Walsh’s constituent service office at (815) 730-8600. Walsh represents all or parts of Joliet, Channahon, Elwood, Rockdale and Crest Hill.