Illinois House Republican Conference Chair Rep. David Welter (R-Morris) issued the following statement today after the Illinois House of Representatives passed the FY23 state budget and voted 110-0-4 to approve temporary tax relief including a six-month suspension of the inflation-adjusted state motor fuel tax and grocery sales tax in addition to a one-time property tax rebate and expansion of the earned income tax credit:
“Illinois families need meaningful, long-term tax relief, not an election year gimmick offered by Democrats scared of facing voters in November because of their record of reckless spending and taxing families and jobs out of this state. At the end of the day, minimal, temporary tax relief is better than no tax relief at all. I voted yes given this was the only option available to us. Once again Democrats have shortchanged Illinois families by offering crumbs at a time when working moms and dads are struggling because of inflation and Illinois’ high tax burden.”
“Illinois Democrats have passed a bloated and unsustainable budget while most of you were sleeping. The 3,400+ page budget amendment dropped at midnight. The budget was put up for a vote at 5:30am and passed. Make no mistake, they do this in the middle of the night to avoid public scrutiny. This is not how a democracy should function. The people of Illinois deserve better! This budget is largely built on the federal bailout dollars that won’t be there next year. I voted NO.”
The temporary tax relief package approved in the early morning hours of Saturday was contained in Senate Bill 157.
Representative Welter serves the 75th District, which includes portions of Kendall, Grundy, LaSalle and Will Counties.