Althoff Criticizes Democrats for Spending $867 Million More than Revenue

A press release from State Senator Pam Althoff:

Senate Week in Review: End of Session

SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) said Illinois legislators wrapped up the spring session last week, passing a budget that although did not include making the temporary tax increase permanent, still spends $857 million more than original revenue projections would permit.

Pam Althoff is pictured speaking on the Senate Floor on May 30 during the budget debate.

Pam Althoff is pictured speaking on the Senate Floor on May 30 during the budget debate.

For months Illinois Democrats painted a picture of draconian cuts if they kept their promise to allow a portion of the 67 percent 2011 tax hike to expire.

Then in the final days of the 2014 legislative session, they reversed course and passed a budget without those tax revenues.

In fact the budget they assembled managed to find money to increase spending, create earmarks, unidentified lump sums and a variety of other questionable allocations with no doomsday scenario or draconian cuts they predicted would happen.

Taxpayers can breathe a temporary sigh of relief, but no one should be under the impression that this “no tax” budget is in reality anything close to a responsible budget that forces the state to live within its means.

This budget, like in many years past, spends more than the state will collect in revenue and pushes bills past the next election.

The FY15 budget is based on a revenue estimate of $35.352 billion and the total General Revenue Funds spending of this year’s budget is approximately $35.4 billion – allowing the Democrats to call the budget “balanced.”

Unfortunately, the budget continues the pro-ration of the state’s General State Aid Formula’s foundation level grants for schools, giving schools just 89% of the foundation level.

In fact, since Pat Quinn became governor, education funding for the state’s elementary and secondary schools has fallen by $621 million (FY 09 – FY 14).

The General Assembly also passed a capital construction measure that will bring several shovel-ready projects to the 32nd Senate District, Althoff said.

A total of 11 projects have been proposed including resurfacing, additional lanes and intersection reconstruction. The majority of the money allocated to the 32nd District for road projects will go to improvements of U.S. Route 14.

Althoff said that many of these projects have needed to be addressed for several years and was pleased that the areas would see these improvements in the upcoming fiscal year.

Althoff mentioned that four days before the end of the legislative session, the Senate spent an hour debating regulations on home kitchens and lemonade stands.

The measure would have placed undue burdens and regulations on baked goods from home kitchens and possibly even reach to regulate lemonade stands. The amendment introduced in the Senate drastically changed the House version of the bill and failed to pass the Senate as amended. The legislation ultimately passed however after the Senate sponsor withdrew his amendment.

Althoff noted though that the legislation was indicative of the standard attitude of

  • tax and spend
  • overregulation and
  • stifling of business

that is pervasive in Springfield.

While the extension of the tax increase has been stopped for now, Althoff said Democrat legislative leaders have made it clear that their intentions are to eventually extend the income tax increase some time after the election.

For now, Althoff said taxpayers can look forward to their tax rates decreasing in January, keeping the promise that was made to taxpayers.


Althoff Criticizes Democrats for Spending $867 Million More than Revenue — 5 Comments

  1. Make a promise to taxpayers yourself:

    You will not support, and will actively oppose, local spending which will raise property taxes above 3.75% of property values.

    You will not support, and will actively oppose, local spending predicated upon growth of households whose property tax rate will be below ‘breakeven’; that is, which would need to be subsidized annually by property taxpayers of existing homes.

    Please state your understanding of what is the current property tax percentage rate, and what the annual property tax ‘breakeven’ amount to be.

  2. How do you enslave a people, who by law and through sacrificed blood, are free?

    Force them into debt.

    This stratagem has been employed by the US to further our control in third world nations for years.

    Apparently the Illinois politicians on both sides of the aisle are determined to relegate our state and her citizens to utter slavery utilizing time tested proven effective tactics against you.

    At some point even the fabulously uneducated French cut the heads off their oppressors.

    We educated Illinoisians surely don’t need to see our children starve before our eyes before dealing with these would be slave masters…

  3. Did Pam learn how to grandstand while sitting in Townhalls with Jack Franks?

    She voted for SB0121, just one bill of many she supported which cost taxpayer dollars and now she grandstands?

    Did she not vote or work to get an increase in the legal tax limit for the Conservation district?

  4. That’s right, McHenry citizens, cannot afford anymore taxes neither state or local.

    Be a conservative.

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