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House overrides Governor's vetoes, budget with tax increase becomes law

State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) releases the following statement in response to the House overriding the Governor’s vetoes to enact a budget, which includes a 32 percent income tax hike.

“Illinoisans know by now that a tax increase does not and will not solve the problems that are plaguing this state. If lawmakers are truly serious about transforming the way Illinois operates and if they really want to address the underlying issues hurting our state, then our work is only beginning. This budget doesn’t even begin to eliminate our problems. Instead, it creates a detrimental effect on our citizens and businesses.

“What is most disappointing is the fact that we had come so close to a bipartisan solution. We had an incredible opportunity to find compromise on a budget and reforms that would put our state on track. Instead, we are left with a plan that does not include property tax relief, workers’ compensation reform, or one that adequately address our $130 billion pension debt.

“I am saddened to say the least on how this ended but I remain committed to working to make Illinois competitive, and a place we can all be proud to call home. Our work as legislators is far from over. I urge my colleagues to come back to the table so that we can finish our work on the structural reforms this state needs.”

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