Yesterday, the Illinois House of Representatives voted to override the Governor’s veto of both the spending plan and permanent income tax increase. State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) released the following statement:

“Again, I am saddened by the disregard for the Illinois taxpayer displayed by yesterday’s override vote to institute a permanent income tax hike. I will reiterate that this plan does not include any reform or address the billions in unpaid bills or pension liability,” explained McAuliffe. “The credit agencies flat-out stated that this budget does not properly begin to fix Illinois’ negative fiscal climate and the permanent income tax increase only puts a further burden on the taxpayer. We could have done better.”

McAuliffe continued, “While I am disappointed by the direction taken yesterday, I will remain committed to representing the people of the 20th District and working with my colleagues to ensure that Illinois returns to a path of fiscal stability.”
Springfield IL … Last night, the Illinois House of Representatives voted on a permanent increase to the state income tax. State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) issued the following statement:

“I am extremely disappointed the House took action on a budget that further increases the tax burden on hard-working Illinois families and small business owners. The people of Illinois were handed a permanent income tax hike without a property tax freeze or any hint of reform. Even worse, this budget fails to address the $15 billion backlog in unpaid bills and the $130 billion pension debt,” said McAuliffe.

“On Friday, good-faith budget negotiators were making sound progress on an agreed, compromised budget. Unfortunately, those talks were derailed Sunday afternoon as a last-minute, unagreed spending plan and permanent tax increase was filed and voted on within a few short hours. All without proper vetting,” continued McAuliffe.

McAuliffe went on to say, “Since the beginning of this budget impasse, I have been listening to the concerns of my constituents and it has been clear that they want real reforms that address the problems with our state, not a standalone permanent tax increase.”

“While, last night’s vote did not result in the outcome that I had hoped, I will remain committed to working with my colleagues in search of a compromise that will make Illinois a strong, proud state,” concluded Rep. McAuliffe.

Senate Bill 9 and Senate Bill 6, the permanent income tax increase and spending plan respectively, will advance to the Illinois Senate for consideration.