State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has filed a resolution in the Illinois House of Representatives to oppose the implementation of a plastic bag tax in Illinois. As part of his recent budget address, new Governor J.B. Pritzker proposed several new taxes to increase state revenues, one of which being a 5¢ per bag excise tax on plastic bags.
“It’s really incredible that despite record numbers of people and jobs leaving Illinois every year, Pritzker proposed 11 different ways to increase taxes and fees in his budget address without any plans to cut state spending,” said Skillicorn. “Illinois can’t fix its financial problems by making a special new tax on plastic bags, or any other inconsequential item. We need to cut spending.”
The resolution filed by Skillicorn, House Resolution 156, points out that Illinoisans already face one of the highest overall tax burdens in the country. This tax burden has created an inhospitable climate to citizens and businesses alike, as well as noting public sentiment against a plastic bag tax will drive down the limited revenues the Pritzker administration hopes to get from its implementation.
“Just this week, an independent report again ranked Illinois with the second highest property taxes in the nation,” said Skillicorn. “We should be focusing on cutting the bureaucratic bloat causing these high taxes instead of adding a new regressive tax on plastic bags.”
The report referenced by Skillicorn was released by WalletHub this week. The personal finance organization annually evaluates various tax burdens across the country. Their report on property taxes found Illinois had the second highest effective property tax rate among all 50 states and the District of Columbia at a rate of 2.31%. Illinois was second only to New Jersey with a rate of 2.44%. The average U.S. household pays $2,279 in property taxes for the average U.S. home valued at $193,500, but in Illinois we pay $4,476 in property taxes for the same home.
For more information about House Resolution 156, Click Here.
You can also show your opposition to the bag tax by signing the Crush the Bag Tax Petition – Click Here to Sign.