(Springfield, IL) — July 27, 2010. This is what statesmanship looks like.
State Journal-Register political reporter Bernie Schoenberg today reports that State Senator Larry Bomke (R-Springfield) has asserted the kind leadership that has been gravely absent from GOP lawmakers until now.
State Sen. Larry Bomke, R-Springfield, told Gov. Pat Quinn’s chief of staff Monday he would be open to a tax increase if it were specifically targeted to pay for borrowing that could pay off the state’s current bills.
Bomke … asked about a plan to eliminate the state’s deficit. He said he asked if there is “any thought to doing some short-term borrowing – five, 10, 15, 20 years, and maybe passing a tax? Pay off our bills, make us whole again, and then using a tax to pay off those bonds.
Yep, that is what leadership looks like–a plan. It’s the Bomke Plan.
On the Illinois budget leadership question, Bomke gave only lukewarm support to his GOP colleague and gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady:
“I’m not running for governor,” Bomke said. “I think Bill Brady probably has a plan, and at some point, I’m sure he’s going to disclose it.”
That statement just oozes frustration, no?