“Today I voted against a permanent, significant increase of the income tax in the State of Illinois.
I am not opposed to supporting new avenues of revenue to help balance the state’s budget. Today’s option, though, was voting for a permanent income tax increase bill coupled with a spending bill that was introduced just mere hours before consideration. Even more dire than that, today’s votes represent a one-sided end to negotiations when we need a compromise settlement to this impasse.
The majority in the House had all session to introduce a budget that works for the people of Illinois, and they left it until the new fiscal year had already begun, then dropped a budget and passed it within hours. This continues the decades-long practice of how Speaker Madigan runs the Illinois House.
The legislation put before us today does nothing to pay down the state’s nearly $15 billion bill backlog. It does nothing to address the outrageous amount of money owed to vendors throughout the 87th District.
I want a truly balanced budget that is fair for the citizens of Illinois. I want a state that is moving forward, competitive, and is creating jobs. Today’s votes did not meet that standard, and that is why I voted no.”
-Representative Tim Butler, 87th District