State Representative Says Budget Hikes Taxes on Businesses; Doesn’t Spend on Priorities

By Ethan Kruger, WSPY News

Dixon Republican State Representative Tom Demmer says a budget on the way to governor J.B. Pritzker’s desk will make it harder on local businesses trying to bounce back from the pandemic. The budget spends $42.3-billion and was passed with partisan votes in the Illinois House and Senate earlier this week.

Governor J.B. Pritzker has said that the budget is balanced by the closing of loopholes used by businesses. Republicans say the “loopholes” the governor is referring to are actually state incentives meant to help businesses that he signed onto before the pandemic. Demmer says the manufacturing industry will be especially hard hit.

Demmer says the budget also fails to address the state’s debt accrued because of unemployment payments caused by the pandemic.

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