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State Representative Cavaletto Angered on Passage of Roads and Welfare Bill, Calling it “Pork-Loaded”

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

The Illinois House approved a measure Monday that authorizes new road building funds and transfers money saved from prison closures to child-welfare and mental-health services.  However one local legislator is angered at the action.  

State Representative John Cavaletto is angered at the House, calling the passage “a large, pork-loaded, supplemental bill”.  Cavaletto issued a statement on the passage Tuesday.  He says he finds it horrific and insulting that the legislature can find money to bail out failing school districts and universities when local municipalities are owed money and the governor is in the process of closing Murray Center, displacing over 200 residents.

He goes on to state that he is all for funding for good roads, mental health and child protection services, and says the bill originally only addressed those issues.  He says once the bill became loaded with “pork products”, he voted against it because of more reckless spending it will cause.  

The proposal passed by a 63-52 vote Monday, after a heated discussion.  The so-called supplemental appropriation includes $675 million to boost transit construction and $12 million for community mental health grants, among several other expenditures.  It authorizes $600 million to pay for state worker and legislator health insurance. The measure now moves over to the Illinois Senate.  

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