Madigan’s Bipartisan Deception vs. Taxpayers

Here is David E. Smith writing at Illinois Family Action about Madigan’s deception:

As you know by now, over the Independence Day weekend, the Illinois General Assembly passed a massive tax hike for families and businesses. When Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed the proposal, the Illinois Senate and House quickly overrode his veto. What does that mean for taxpayers? Well, the personal income tax rate has now increased by 32 percent, surging from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent, and the corporate rate has jumped from 5.25 percent to 7 percent. This effectively enables and funds reckless and irresponsible spending as usual in Springfield for a little while longer. The lack of any real reforms almost guaranteed a return to crisis mode in the not too distant future.

Looking over the roll call in the Illinois House, it is interesting to note that seven Republican lawmakers opposed the temporary increase when running for office in 2014**, but embraced the permanent tax increase in 2017:

Steve Andersson (Geneva)

Terri Bryant (Carbondale)

Mike Fortner (West Chicago)

Norine Hammond (Macomb)

Bill Mitchell (Decatur)

Reggie Phillips (Charleston)

Mike Unes (Peoria)

Pictured above, State Rep. Steve Andersson shakes hands with House Speaker Michael Madigan immediately after the vote to override Gov. Rauner’s veto. Rep. Andersson is a House Floor Leader for the Republican Caucus, yet he actively worked to encourage Republicans to vote for Madigan’s latest big government tax grab. Andersson’s betrayal has led to a call for his resignation. Paul Caprio, director of Family-PAC, is calling on Andersson​ not only to resign as assistant GOP minority leader, but to step down from his seat as state representative immediately, saying:

Andersson has betrayed not only the negotiating position of the house GOP caucus to achieve needed budget reforms, but has also betrayed the voters of his district who he falsely claims to be representing by supporting a 32 percent tax increase without any needed reform.

Steve Andersson is the 21st century Benedict Arnold of the Illinois GOP.

By the way — the leadership of House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Burr Ridge) was noticeably absent during the debate.

Read more: Illinois Family Action.

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