Rep. Darren Bailey agrees with Republican Leader Jim Durkin and calls for balancing the budget without the need for another tax increase!
“We need to prioritize and make some cuts but it can be done while addressing the needs of the most vulnerable in our state,” commented Rep. Darren Bailey of the 109th District. “I have been fighting every tax increase proposal in the House and will continue the fight for the people of my district and the entire state.”
In light of this week’s announcement that April revenues were up by $1.5 billion and that FY20 estimated revenues were revised upwards by $800 million, Leader Durkin announced that we have the money to balance the FY20 budget without new taxes.
Leader Durkin held a press conference and spoke on behalf of the Republican Caucus. His full remarks follow:
For the first time in years, we are here to report great news for Illinois taxpayers.
Some of you might recall, though it seems Speaker Madigan has already forgotten, that last year after bipartisan negotiation between Republican and Democrat members in the House and Senate, we were able to enact an FY19 budget that was not only balanced but will likely be running a surplus by the end of the year.
Furthermore, projections are showing that this year’s tax receipts will be the HIGHEST they have ever been in our state’s 200-year history.
All of this is clear evidence of what I have always preached: when Democrats invite Republicans to the table and respect our priorities, we will work together in good faith and come to agreements that help move our state forward.
And because of our bipartisan work last year, Governor Pritzker was able to move off his misguided and short-sighted approach to balancing the FY20 budget by artificially lowering our obligations to the state’s pension systems.
What’s even better is that taxpayers can now be reassured that Governor Pritzker and his Democrats repeated call for more and more of their hard-earned money to balance the budget is unnecessary.
Work with the Republican caucus and we will help you balance the FY20 budget too, all without raising taxes.
The numbers are clear – WE HAVE THE MONEY TO BALANCE THE BUDGET WITH NO NEW TAXES AND NO TAX INCREASES.
There is no more need to talk about raising taxes on bags or cigarettes or businesses or the middle class.
There is certainly no reason to even be considering a graduated tax now.
The desperate pleas for more taxes have rung hollow in Illinois for years, and now taxpayers know the truth.
We have the money to balance the budget without new taxes.
With only 18 days left of session, we must start working NOW to craft another truly balanced budget, with no new taxes or increases, that will continue projecting our state towards fiscal stability.