Senator Dillard speaks out on the Tax increase

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House Budget Vote Reliant on Tax Increase

The Democrats’ move to push over 70 spending bills through the Illinois House May 15 amounted to support for an extension of the 67% income tax hike passed in 2011. State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) said that the spending package relies on revenues from a tax increase extension, indicating that lawmakers who supported the appropriation bills will likely vote in favor of making the tax increase permanent.

While barely receiving the minimum 60 votes needed to win approval, the tax hike budget passed the House despite it calling for spending that is nearly $3.5 billion more than the bipartisan House revenue estimate for Fiscal Year 2015.

The Democrats’ spend-first approach was seemingly advanced by the House Speaker with the intention that lawmakers who supported the appropriation bills would vote for an income tax increase to fund them, said Sen. Dillard.

Republican opponents in the House and Senate said that not only was approval of the budget irresponsible it was likely unconstitutional. Dillard explained the Illinois Constitution requires that “appropriations for a fiscal year shall not exceed funds estimated by the General Assembly to be available during that year.” Not only does the recommended FY15 budget violate this constitutional requirement, but it also increases general funds spending by nearly $2.5 billion over the enacted FY14 spending plan.  

At the time the tax hike was approved, proponents pledged that the tax hike would be temporary; that the money would be used to pay down the state’s bill backlog; that it would boost the state economy; and it would improve the state’s credit rating.

None of those promises have been kept.

Despite receiving $26 billion in new revenue, there is still nearly $6.9 billion in unpaid bills, while Illinois’ credit rating has been downgraded five times and the state’s unemployment ranks third highest in the nation. 

Source: Will County News

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