Since taking office and regaining the super majority in Springfield, Governor Pritzker and Democrat Leadership have been working on ways to increase revenue into state coffers.
The Governor has been touting the benefits of the graduated income tax. This needs to be voted on by the citizens before steps can be taken.
Other new taxes have been introduced such as taxing plastic bags, cigarettes, vaping materials and even the number of miles you drive your vehicle.
Representative Tom Demmer of Dixon joined other colleagues Thursday to state all of these are not necessary to provide services and have a balanced budget. Demmer stated there are other options which are being ignored.
Recently, the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Revenue and the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability show at least $1.2 Billion in new revenue. Demmer said combined with revenue generating initiatives like sports betting and others, an additional $2.64 Billion is available.
He added, despite these numbers Democrats are not backing down from more taxes on Illinois citizens and using scare tactics of drastic cuts to services to advance the agenda. Demmer said working groups need to get back to work on the 2020 budget.