102517 0876 rSenator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) released the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address today:

“Everything the governor said today is empty rhetoric if he breaks the promise he just made and again next month fails to present a balanced budget.

“The more the governor speaks, the more obvious it is that he is living in an alternate reality. He talks about working together across the aisle, when his refusal to compromise on a balanced budget tripled our state’s debt and left us on the brink of disaster.

“He talked again about decreasing property taxes. In reality, the only way to provide tax relief for middle-class families without causing more financial damage is to move to a fair tax system, something I’ve never heard the governor support.

“I hope Governor Rauner joins us in reality next month when he presents his budget address. If not, we will have to do his job for him again.”

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Senator Don Harmon delivered a speech to the AFSCME Council 31 2018 Legislative Convention in Springfield on January 27, 2018.

Harmon discussed the governor's efforts to sabotage contract negotiations between AFSCME and the State. He also shared his vision for an overhaul of the state's tax system, moving from a flat tax to a fair tax.

"We must abandon the archaic system we have of rewarding the rich and abandoning the poor," Harmon said. "And supporting union workers is key to sustaining the middle class."

Harmon has introduced several measures in the past to amend the Illinois Constitution and allow for voters to take up the question of a fair tax on a ballot measure.

The annual convention drew hundreds of delegates from local unions across the state.

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102517 0876 rSPRINGFIELD – Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) plans to introduce a measure aimed at tackling the opioid crisis by providing medical alternatives to prescription painkillers.

The Alternatives to Opioids Act would allow people who have been prescribed opioids for a medical condition to apply for a temporary medical cannabis card instead. Harmon plans to introduce the legislation during the second week of the Illinois Senate’s veto session.

“Research shows that as the number of opioids prescribed has risen over the past few decades, so has opioid addiction, overdose and death,” Harmon said. “This is a crisis, and it is rapidly getting worse. Research has also shown that medical cannabis is a safe alternative treatment for the same conditions for which opioids are prescribed.”

Concern over the opioid epidemic is growing, as more than 60,000 people died of a drug overdose in 2016, more than the total number of U.S. soldiers killed in the Vietnam War. In Illinois, the opioid-related death rate increased 120 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Clearly what we’re doing now is not working,” Harmon said. “This is a problem that touches citizens in every corner of our state. Medical cannabis is the most readily available alternative, but we should consider any other option that reduces the carnage inflicted by the opioid epidemic.”

Illinois created the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program in 2013 and is one of 29 states to have legalized medical marijuana.

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05302017CM0201 rSPRINGFIELD – Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) issued the following statement today after the Senate voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act:

“This issue has been litigated several times already, and we have our answer – only the state, not local governments, can create right-to-work laws. The governor’s veto was nothing more than a continuation of his radical anti-union agenda. Today’s override will ensure that workers across the state retain the fair representation they deserve.”

The Act would prohibit local governments from creating “right-to-work” zones and clarify that laws concerning collective bargaining are the responsibility of the state legislature. Right-to-work laws deprive workers of fair representation.

Senate Bill 1905 passed the Senate in April, and the governor vetoed it last month. The Senate voted 42-13 today on a bipartisan override of his veto.

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harmon hb40 092817 rSPRINGFIELD – Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) released the following statement today after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 40, a bill protecting a woman’s right to choose in Illinois:

“Today is a victory for women’s reproductive rights, but beyond that, it is a victory for the Illinoisans who worked so hard to make it a reality. For months, constituents and advocates have written, called and marched to demand that the governor live up to his responsibility to the women of our state. Their activism has ensured that women will continue to have access to safe, affordable reproductive healthcare.”

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