Skillicorn cites deception in House passage of tax hike
State Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) slammed House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) for moving a 33 percent income tax hike through the chamber while budget negotiations continued, according to a press release.
“Only a few days ago, Speaker Madigan and House Democrats said they were ready to negotiate and pass a budget that reformed Illinois’ broken system, but it’s clear that was merely a distraction,” Skillicorn said in the statement regarding the July 2 House vote.
Skillicorn said that while he had been frustrated by the budget battle, he was encouraged by the fact that any budget plan would require Republican votes to advance in a special session. He said he thought it would encourage Madigan, who had not yet released his own budget proposal, to continue good faith negotiations and that it would prevent a large tax increase.
“Passing a massive tax hike and doing nothing to change the state's structural problems is going to drive more people and businesses out of Illinois,” Skillicorn said in the statement. “Worst of all, passing this tax hike and ramming this budget through the House shows Speaker Madigan is more interested in keeping lobbyists and special interests happy, even at the expense of this state’s people. The people of Illinois deserve far better.”
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