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In the last four years, Illinois has stepped away from the fiscal cliff that was presented by a former governor hell-bent on bankruptcy. I pledge to continue the upward trend on Illinois’ fiscal picture: voting to use one-time revenues for one-time purposes, voting for investments in our pension funds focused on maintaining risk-off measures and maintaining our contribution rate, working with committees focused on finding efficiencies in our agency work and being open and transparent about fiscal practices. The budgeting process can be complicated and opaque in Springfield. I am concerned about citizen’s trust in government, and when citizens don’t trust the government, they don’t trust the government to spend their tax dollars. I will be principled in the way that I approach the budget and will work to bring clarity to the process. We still have the 6th largest state economy in the country, and we can continue to encourage business investment if there’s transparency and predictability in our state spending practices.