The years 2010 through 2019 will go down in Illinois history as a decade of public policy failure and economic decline. High fixed costs for pensions and government worker health care have prevented the state from balancing its budget in any year since 2001. Since the Great Recession in 2008, the state’s fiscal imbalance has...View Report
Senate Democrats killed a chance this week to rein in government spending, instead siding with government unions that prioritize their own power over the fiscal health of the state. Illinois taxpayers pay nearly $15,000 per state worker in health care costs alone under the most recent contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Following their colleagues in the House, 19 members of the Illinois Senate have signed on to a resolution opposing a progressive tax in Illinois.
Despite calls for new taxes from Republican lawmakers, Senate Bill 2216 contains funding for several grants across the state.
Only in Illinois could a budget deal that hits struggling Illinoisans with billions in new taxes be called a “grand bargain.”
Illinois has racked up $14 billion in unpaid bills.
As pressure mounts on state senators and representatives to vote in favor of multibillion-dollar tax hikes, lawmakers should remember the promises they’ve made to taxpayers.