State Representative Tom Weber (R-Lake Villa) issued the following statement in response to Governor Pritzker’s fiscal year 2022 budget proposal:
“Today the Governor took one small step forward by proposing his first budget without increased spending since he’s been in office,” said Weber. “Unfortunately, he then took several steps backward by proposing nearly $1 billion in tax increases on job creators and small businesses across the state that are struggling to survive COVID-19 shutdowns. He is going back on bipartisan agreements from 2019 that helped spur job creation, and helped prevent more job losses and state revenue losses during the pandemic that our recent better-than-expected economic numbers clearly showed.
“On top of that, even without increased spending, this budget would add $1.6 billion more to state debt and blatantly ignores the will of Illinoisans to further cut bloated state spending. At the end of the day, it is Illinois families that will be hurt the most by his reckless approach to governing and his failure to honor his commitments.”