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Sen. Oberweis’ statement on budget

Senator Jim Oberweis released the following statement after the Senate voted July 4 to pass a permanent income tax hike and a budget, without passing any substantial government reforms.

 

“After months of seemingly good-faith negotiations and progress based on the merits of the bills, this is what it all boils down to ... a return to partisan power plays,” Senator Oberweis said. “The package approved today has too much of tax increases and not enough of spending cuts, and very little in meaningful structural reforms. It is a return to the good-old, bad-old days. What a disappointment that after all our good work, this is how it ends.”

 

The tax increase, which will raise personal income taxes by 32 percent, was passed out of the Senate by a vote of 36-18, but is expected to be vetoed by Governor Bruce Rauner. It was passed by the House on July 2 by a vote of 72-45.

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