In what will be the final budget address State Senator Chuck Weaver will see as a member of the Illinois Statehouse, Senator Weaver offered his reaction to Governor J.B Pritzker's budget proposals for the next fiscal year…
“The Governor presented a spending plan full of promises based on a hope for passage of $3.6 billion in new taxes; this proposal follows last year’s budget with its 19 new taxes. At some point there has to be an end to adding new taxes when Illinois is already one of the highest-taxed states in the nation. Yet what we heard from the Governor is the need for another tax increase to pay for another year of out-of- control spending. And if he doesn’t get his tax increase, the Governor says he will stop payment on health services, education funding, and other state services. Our state agencies will be held hostage to get his tax increase.
We do not need more spending, or more taxes. We need policies to help grow our economy. We need job creation and property tax relief. We need to make the changes necessary to keep people and businesses from leaving our state.”
State Senator Weaver is stepping down at the end of his current term in November of this year.