Sauer Says Permanent Tax Increase Not the Answer

State Representative Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington) said the move by the Illinois House of Representatives to override Gov. Rauner’s veto of a permanent tax increase is not the answer to solving Illinois’ financial problems.

“On Sunday, more than 1,000 pages of legislation were put up for votes on the House floor within mere hours of being filed. No one had time to read the bills, yet they still passed,” said Sauer. “These bills consisted of a permanent income tax increase and a budget that utterly failed to address our state’s tremendous backlog of unpaid bills and reform our broken system. The Governor was right to veto these bills and they should have been upheld today.”

“Some have argued that we had to pass this budget and tax increase so the state would not be downgraded to junk status. However, Moody’s said yesterday that it may still downgrade Illinois’ bond rating because this budget fails to address our bill backlog and unfunded pension liability. This is a clear indication that Speaker Madigan must stop doubling down on the same old policies of the past thirty years and finally recognize that playing politics with a gimmick change here or there and calling it ‘reform’ has to stop.

“Families and businesses across Illinois are hurting and have repeatedly asked for fundamental changes to the way Illinois operates, but they were not given that change today. Despite this, I will not give up on Illinois, it is home, it is worth saving and ultimately we will save it.”

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