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Sen. Fowler reacts to Gov. Pritzker's budget address

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Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg)

Southern Illinois State Senator Dale Fowler cautions Governor J-B Pritzker about more spending with a potential recession on the horizon.

The governor delivered a nearly 50-billion-dollar state budget Wednesday.

The Harrisburg Republican, as a member of the super-minority party, says the GOP must fight for business incentives to attract business to southern Illinois.

“Especially in my district, we’re doing really great. We’ve got a lot of great momentum, a lot of new companies coming in, a lot of job creation. We have to continue to work toward workforce development funding and apprenticeship programs.”

Fowler says he's encouraged by capital investments through EDGE agreements that have helped bring industry to southern Illinois.

He hopes a proposed increase in funding for higher education will help create a strong workforce that will also help attract more business to the state and his district.

Governor J-B Pritzker is proposing expanding services for those seeking reproductive healthcare.

In his budget address, the governor called for establishing a Reproductive Health Public Navigation Hotline, so patients can call ahead for a risk assessment and find the services that will meet their needs.

GOP State Senator Dale Fowler from Harrisburg says it will be interesting to see where this controversial issue goes in the legislative session.

“I’m a pro-life legislator, always have been, always will be. I understand women have rights and this is the majority party’s stance on that. There is a separation between the majority party and the minority party with our platforms.”

Illinois has already expanded the pool of abortion providers and eliminated barriers to access: allowing birth centers to provide all reproductive care, eliminating co-pays for birth control and abortive medications.

Senator Bryant says it's important to remember the governor's budget address is a wish list.

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