Skillicorn Asks Pritzker How He Proposes to Pay for His Initiatives

A press release from State Rep. Allen Skillicorn:

Skillicorn to Pritzker: Where is the Money to Pay for All of This?

Allen Skillicorn

EAST DUNDEE – Following the announcement this week by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker that the state will stump-up $100 million dollars in aid to furloughed federal government workers, State Representatives Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) questioned where the money would come from.

“I can sympathize with the stress that missing a paycheck can cause, but that doesn’t mean the taxpayers of Illinois can afford another hit to their paychecks either,” said Skillicorn.

“Since Gov. Pritzker took office, he has already increased state employee salaries and signed other executive orders adding to our $8 billion backlog of unpaid bills.

“Where does he plan to get the money to pay for all this?

“He can’t just increase taxes again to pay for all of this spending.

“It isn’t fair to taxpayers, the vendors that the state still owes money or the businesses that are closing their doors and leaving Illinois every day.”

Since taking office less than two weeks ago, Pritzker has signed legislation to

  • increase salaries of state agency directors by 15%
  • increase state spending for elective abortions and
  • tighten environmental regulations

All of which add to the cost of operating Illinois government and the cost of doing business in the state for private employers.

Now adding an additional $100 million to state spending through this furloughed government workers program.

“Illinois needs to start tightening its belt, improve our business climate and cut taxes to have any hope of keeping the sinking ship afloat,” said Skillicorn.


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Skillicorn Asks Pritzker How He Proposes to Pay for His Initiatives — 11 Comments

  1. **signed legislation to…
    increase state spending for elective abortions and
    tighten environmental regulations**

    What legislation is this?

    **Now adding an additional $100 million to state spending through this furloughed government workers program.**

    That’s…not accurate. At all.

  2. How can $100 million in aid to furloughed federal workers be justified? They will eventually be paid their missing salaries. Why should they get a windfall? The only thing that would have made sense would be a no-interest loan to those federal workers who live paycheck to paycheck. Then when these workers get paid, they could pay back the loans to the State of Illinois.

  3. **How can $100 million in aid to furloughed federal workers be justified?**

    Its not. And that isn’t – at all – what the State of IL is doing.

    Here is what the state is actually doing:
    https://capitolfax.com/2019/01/23/pritzker-frerichs-announce-loan-program-for-furloughed-federal-workers/

    The “linked” deposit loan program will be run by the Treasurer’s office in partnership with various banks and credit unions across the state. The Treasurer’s office will make deposits in participating financial institutions, allowing these institutions to provide below-market rates to federal workers who qualify for the program. For example, the state might offer a deposit at 0.01 percent if the financial institution agrees to loan out the money to federal works at 0.0 percent. Specific rates and terms of eligibility will vary by institution.

  4. Skillicorn’s query is like questioning a 105 IQ loser who never worked a day in his privileged life to make sense.

    It can’t happen.

  5. Hard to imagine a group of people who could misconstrue a program so badly.

    Yes,they will get paid eventually but in the meantime they might need a loan to pay their bills.

    When they do get paid, they repay the loan.

    It costs the state nothing and eases the burden on our employees.

    Sheesh.

  6. **Loans are a type of government aid.**

    But the government isn’t even making loans here.

    They’re moving some investments into certain banks that agree to make loans are low interest levels.

    Skillicorn is blatantly misrepresenting what the State is doing to make a cheap (and inaccurate) political point.

    Also – still waiting for someone to show me the two pieces of legislation that Pritzker has signed to increase state spending for abortions and to tighten environmental regulations.

    Can some one link to those pieces of legislation for me?

  7. Alright. It appears none of you can answer my trick question.

    You know why no one can give links to the legislation that Pritzker signed?

    Because he didn’t sign any legislation.

    Skillicorn is wrong about this piece of his press release too.

    Pritzker signed two executive orders referencing the topic areas that Allen mentioned.

    Neither raised increased any state spending for abortions, nor did either of them increase or tighten any environmental regulations.

    I get that Allen Skillicorn wants to score cheap political points, largely in an effort to increase his name recognition so that he can lose against Lauren Underwood for Congress.

    But facts should at least kind of matter.

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