This afternoon, Gov. J.B. Pritzker gave his annual budget address for Fiscal Year 2022. State Representative Jackie Haas (R-Kankakee) released the following statement in response:
Local and small businesses simply cannot take any more. How can we help them keep their doors open, let alone recruit new businesses to our state, if the Governor can’t even balance the books? His plan to hit small businesses with a $900 million tax increase under the guise of “closing loopholes” as they struggle to get back on their feet will only cause more job losses for Illinois families at a time when we’re already hurting. Lawmakers must focus on retaining businesses and residents instead of encouraging them to flee our state. Gov. Pritzker must be held accountable to not balancing the budget on the backs of the middle class.