We have to balance the budget and stabilize our state's finances by cutting waste and streamlining our limited resources. We need to have a system in place that determines the value of every dollar that is spent. I have been talking about a new kind of politics since I joined this race in October and I am committed to bringing more accountability to Springfield.
For too long we have let politics get in the way of solving our budget problems. In the midst of political gridlock and economic catastrophe we need to institute performance-based measurements for every dollar that the state spends and track the effectiveness of our state programs. This will fundamentally change the way we spend money in Springfield. We need to treat inefficient state programs the same way we treat inefficient programs in business: if they aren't performing the way they should we need to address that in earnest. If we are going to change politics in Illinois, the best place to start is the budget process.