Senator Chuck Weaver released the following statement after Governor J. B. Pritzker delivered his second Budget Address February 19 to a joint session of legislators in the House of Representatives.
“The Governor presented a spending plan full of promises based on a hope for passage of $3.6 billion in new taxes; this proposal follows last year’s budget with its 19 new taxes. At some point there has to be an end to adding new taxes when Illinois is already one of the highest-taxed states in the nation. Yet what we heard from the Governor is the need for another tax increase to pay for another year of out-of- control spending. And if he doesn’t get his tax increase, the Governor says he will stop payment on health services, education funding, and other state services. Our state agencies will be held hostage to get his tax increase.
We do not need more spending, or more taxes. We need policies to help grow our economy. We need job creation and property tax relief. We need to make the changes necessary to keep people and businesses from leaving our state.”
As the legislative budget process gets under way, Weaver says he stands ready to work with his fellow lawmakers to make the tough decisions necessary to pass a balanced budget with structural reforms that will boost the economy and jobs.
Fiscal Year 2021 runs from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.