Jacobs: Pritzker’s Budget Address Filled with Sharp Partisan Language, Blame Shifting

SPRINGFIELD – 115th District State Representative Paul Jacobs (R-Pomona) issued the following statement in response to Governor JB Pritzker’s combined 2021 State of the State and Budget Address. 

“Governor Pritzker had a chance today to share his plan to cut government spending today. More than a year ago, Governor Pritzker ordered his state agency directors to produce a list of cuts of 6% across the board. No one has ever seen that list, yet the Governor called on Republicans in the super minority to produce THEIR list of cuts. House Republicans have supported legislation in the past that has resulted in increased private investment in our State.

The Governor’s FY 22 budget goes back on his agreement to support these programs. The Governor just today proposed a $900 million increase in taxes on small businesses. He calls them ‘loopholes’ but in reality, it’s a tax increase on businesses when they can least afford it. We did not hear the Governor take any responsibility for the closure of so many businesses that led to the loss of revenue and population.

His Executive Orders have ruined our economy and blown a hole in the budget. We deserve a better plan going forward for a truly balanced budget with no tax increases on businesses or working families.”