Following the announcement this week by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker that the state will stump-up $100 million dollars in aid to furloughed federal government workers, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) questioned where the money would come from.
“I can sympathize with the stress that missing a paycheck can cause, but that doesn’t mean the taxpayers of Illinois can afford another hit to their paychecks either,” said Skilliorn. “Since Gov. Pritzker took office, he has already increased state employee salaries and signed other executive orders adding to our $8 billion backlog of unpaid bills. Where does he plan to get the money to pay for all this?
“He can’t just increase taxes again to pay for all of this spending. It isn’t fair to taxpayers, the vendors that the state still owes money or the businesses that are closing their doors and leaving Illinois every day.”
Since taking office less than two weeks ago, Pritzker has signed legislation to increase salaries of state agency directors by 15%, increase state spending for elective abortions and tighten environmental regulations. All of which add to the cost of operating Illinois government and the cost of doing business in the state for private employers. Now adding an additional $100 million to state spending through this furloughed government workers program.
“Illinois needs to start tightening its belt, improve our business climate and cut taxes to have any hope of keeping the sinking ship afloat,” said Skillicorn.