State Senator Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) releases the below statement following the House and Senate approval of a budget plan which includes a significant income tax hike.
“The Illinois Senate convened today at the Capitol on the Fourth of July—what I consider to be our country’s sacred holiday—and I’m reminded that all government is funded by taxpayers. Without regard for the hardworking people of Illinois, the Senate approved a permanent 32 percent income tax hike. I could not support a permanent increase that was not coupled with the necessary reforms to help rebuild our economy and bring back good jobs for our citizens. I remain committed to continuing budget negotiations that will fund and prioritize public education and our essential government services—and deliver the truly balanced budget and reforms the people of Illinois deserve.”