Now that you’ve made that budget, how do you stick with it? It can be hard at first, but the longer you do it, the easier it gets. You need to be consistent, but a few tricks will help you achieve some of those goals. [Read more...]
Tax Increases; Legislator Pay Raises; No Help for Unemployed
SPRINGFIELD…First term State Representative Adam Niemerg (R-Dieterich) experienced his first legislative session in the early hours this morning witnessing first-hand the late night procedural tactics, delays, and maneuverings used to pass a large number of bills that are not good for Illinois families or job creators. Going until nearly three o’clock in the morning, the Democrat majority pushed through a budget that spends more than $42 billion that takes away previous bi-partisan incentives to create jobs and raise tax rates on businesses. [Read more...]
The following are the Governor’s remarks as delivered:
"Four years ago, Illinoisans were grappling with a state budget crisis that crippled our schools, our human services, our universities, our confidence about our ability to work together for the common good. Our working families, our seniors, our students, our most vulnerable residents, paid the price for it. And over the course of the prior administration, our state suffered 8 credit downgrades, forcing the state to pay more to do less. Unfortunately, Illinois became an example for the nation of what happens when government and budgets are mismanaged.
Four years later, amidst the pain and loss caused by a deadly global pandemic, Illinois has become, instead, an example for the nation of how resilient our people are, not only in helping our families and our neighbors persist through a financial crisis and a health crisis, but also in managing through the state’s fiscal challenges.
Springfield, IL - State Senator Darren Bailey (R-Louisville) issued the following statement after the passage of a partisan budget:
“In typical Democrat fashion, the majority filed a 3,000 page budget just before midnight, minutes before my friends over in the House of Representatives voted on it. With little to no time to review the proposal, the Senate passed the same partisan budget after 2 a.m. Tuesday. This spending plan is reckless, eliminates almost $700 million in job-creation incentives, and adds dozens of new programs, including $1 billion in Democrat Pork projects. After the year our communities suffered due to government overreach and COVID-19 shutdowns, we should be investing in the hard-working people of our communities instead of furthering backdoor agendas benefiting partisan politicians.”
State Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) made these comments after listening to Gov. JB Pritzker’s second Budget Address on Wednesday:
“There is a real disconnect in the speech versus the reality of how to spend other people’s money. The governor mentioned no reforms or cuts, only increases in spending that would be paid for with new money raised through his progressive income tax scheme. The strategy of holding our schools hostage unless the graduated tax proposal passes is bad public policy and just plain wrong. [Read more...]
Adam Niemerg, candidate for State Representative in the 109th District, is disappointed the Governor again set a new spending record for his budget instead of exercising fiscal restraint. [Read more...]
State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) issued the following statement following Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Budget Address, which was delivered on February 19. [Read more...]