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Morris Republican State Senator Sue Rezin says the $46 billion Illinois spending plan signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker misses out on a few priorities.

Rezin says the budget relies too much on federal pandemic relief money that won't be there in the future.

Rezin also says federal relief money should have been used to completely pay down the debt in the state's unemployment trust fund. Rezin says the burden will now fall on small businesses.

Rezin thinks that temporary tax breaks on things like groceries and a cap on the gas tax are just ways to bolster Governor Pritzker's reelection prospects.

Democrats have said the budget comes with $1.8 billion tax relief and puts the state in a strong financial position by paying down past debt.