A press release from State Rep. Allen Skillicorn:
Rep. Allen Skillicorn: Governor’s Budget Writes Checks Taxpayers Can’t Cash
East Dundee, IL – State Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) says Governor JB Pritzker’s Budget Address is just more of the same that Illinois residents have heard for a long time.
“The Governor’s budget writes checks, taxpayers simply can’t cash.
“It spends too much and cuts too little.
“It is time we stop talking about how dire the budget is while at the same time finding new ways to spend money,” Skillicorn said.
“Illinois residents understand there is a budget crisis, but what they don’t understand is why spending continues to go up despite the budget constraints.
“They want fiscal responsibility and unfortunately all the Governor seems to have to offer is more of the same bad policies that have been wrecking our state for decades.”
Pritzker’s budget calls for new spending for the school funding formula, early childhood education, MAP grants and other programs. Pritzker is hoping to tap into revenue generated from legalizing sports betting, marijuana and other sources of new taxes.
“No one in their home life bases their family budget on the possibility of pay increases,” Skillicorn said.
“Most of us base our budgets on the money we know we have – not on the money we think we will have.
“To call this a balanced budget is laughable.
“It is more of the same tricks and gimmicks that have been hurting our state for a long time.”
Skillicorn also took aim at the Progressive Income Tax the Governor is advocating.
“The Progressive Income Tax is being sold as a tax on the rich, but rich people like JB Pritzker can move money to tax shelters in offshore accounts,” Skillicorn said.
“The rest of us are pretty much stuck paying these increased taxes.
“The experience of other states shows us that the Progressive Income hits all tax targets.
“In Missouri, people with incomes as low as just over $9,000 pay taxes in the highest tax brackets.
“People making $9,000 per year are hardly rich.”
Finally, Skillicorn said the Governor is doing the same thing previous governors have done by borrowing against the State’s pension liabilities, which according to Moody’s stands at $250 billion.
“This is about to become the Pritzker pension ramp just the way we had the Edgar and Blagojevich pension ramps,” Skillicorn said.
“Mortgaging the future to pay for current budget items is just plain wrong.
“He is doing the exact same things that got us into this mess in the first place.
“It was wrong when Edgar and Blagojevich did it and it is wrong for Pritzker to do it too.”