From State Rep. David McSweeney:
I was shocked to see Senator Bill Brady’s recently filed SB 2216 [see more examples than listed below], which is described as “FY 18 Member Initiatives.” Special earmarks lead to wasteful spending and potentially corruption. I strongly oppose special insider earmarks.
As we’ve seen from the $2.4 million Springfield Cellini warehouse deal, a lot of money is being wasted by Illinois bureaucrats.
Before items in SB 2216 are appropriated or reappropriated (some items appears to be a few years old and are likely the result of Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now plan), the Legislative Audit Commission should do a full review and investigation of every earmark in the bill.
Every member who has requested an earmark in the bill should be identified and required to testify at a public hearing.
I can’t wait to hear the explanation for the following items:
- $19,700 to the City of Morrison for renovations to the Farmers’ Market Facility;
- $25.000 to Elk Grove Township for street sign improvements:
- $31,923 to the Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign for renovations to the Harwood Solon House:
- $65,000 to the Institute for Puerto Rican Arts & Culture for construction of a “world class museum and Fine Arts Center.”
- $18,750 to the Village of Royal Lakes for “costs associated with capital improvements to Royal Lakes Community Center and gym.”
- $245,000 to St. Charles for new construction and/or infrastructure improvements.
The massive $5 billion tax increase in the Brady “Capitol Compromise” is a compromise between government bureaucrats and politicians.
Raising the income tax rate by 32% and imposing harmful new services taxes will kill jobs and hurt Illinois families.
We need to focus on reforming pension and Medicaid.
It would also be very helpful if the Governor would meet with President Trump soon to discuss ways that we can work with the federal government to reform the expensive Illinois Medicaid Program