Rep. Skillicorn speaks out against 'jobs tax'
Republican state Rep. Allen Skillicorn (East Dundee) was not about to go down without a fight with regard to Senate Bill 687. The lawmaker representing the 66th District recently took to the House floor to assail the bill that would add $3.5 billion in new taxes as a jobs tax with no reforms, and to urge his colleagues to reject it.
“I call this a jobs tax because it’s a tax on jobs,” he said in a floor speech posted to You Tube. “Let’s talk about a history lesson here in Illinois. Back in 2011, dead of the night, Gov. Quinn passed a temporary tax hike with no reforms. In 2017, I witnessed a tax hike passed here, and that summer a permanent tax hike with no reforms. And today, I haven’t heard about any reforms. All I’ve heard about is another tax hike.”
Skillicorn added that the bill stands in total opposition to what voters want.
“The people don’t want higher taxes,” he said. “What do they want? They tell me they want term limits; they tell me they want a hard cap on property taxes; they tell me they want legislative map reform. So far, we haven’t talked about the reforms that the people want. All we’ve talked about is more taxes, more spending, more money from their pockets. And these are pocketbook issues, specifically your hands in their pockets.”
The 66th District includes parts of Algonquin, Crystal Lake, East and West Dundee, Elgin, Gilberts, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Lakewood and Sleepy Hollow.