Skillicorn challenges ‘Orwellian’ Illinois gas, mileage tax hikes
Dubbing a two-fold legislative tax proposal set forth by Illinois State Senate leaders as “an outrageous over-reach,” Republican House candidate Allen Skillicorn strongly countered the bills as ill conceived and ineffective recently.
If the Automotive Mileage Tax (S.B. 3267), sponsored by Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), and the 30 Cent Per Gallon Tax Hike (S.B. 3279), proposed by state Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), were to pass, Skillicorn said, they would give the state the dubious distinction of posing the nation’s highest gas tax.
“When I look at Springfield, there are no solutions; only talk of higher taxes or threats of slashing services,” the candidate said. “Instead of always demanding more money from families, we should be finding ways to spend funds more efficiently and reform the burdensome bureaucracy smothering growth.”
Comparing the dual plan to an Orwellian novel, with “Every Illinois driver … fitted with a GPS tracking device … (to) track, monitor and charge us for every mile we drive,” Skillicorn panned the proposition, which he predicts would merely expand bureaucracy.
Instead, he recommends reforms to resolve the lingering budget stalemate, reduce the cost of services and revive the economy.
“If enacted, this new mileage tax would be yet another crushing burden on working families, single mothers commuting to work, and other motorists,” he said. “These two new tax hike proposals are an outrageous over-reach, it’s shameful!”
Skillicorn is running as the Republican nominee for the 66th State House District, comprising areas in McHenry and Kane Counties including Algonquin, Carpentersville, Crystal Lake, East Dundee, Elgin, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Lakewood, Sleepy Hollow and West Dundee.