SPRINGFIELD—Today, Governor JB Pritzker gave his State of the State address to a special joint session of the 101st General Assembly. State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) released the following statement in reaction to today’s address:
“High property taxes and the burden they continue to place on our residents and businesses is a huge concern for me going into this legislative session. The property tax relief task force did not deliver its report on time nor provide substantial reform proposals, however, I will continue to advocate for my constituents and the state’s taxpayers as a whole.
Those of us in Cook County just received the first installment notice of our annual property tax bills, and unsurprisingly, most of us received another sizeable increase. This is especially aggravating as Governor Pritzker approved last year nearly two dozen tax increases, in part, to fund a tainted $45 Billion infrastructure bill. When the Governor and the legislature fail to make spending reforms their first priority, taxpayers continue to get hit from one side to the next.
Furthermore, the public shouldn’t be duped into thinking that a new graduated income tax scheme will provide meaningful property tax relief. Failure to produce real spending and policy reform and/or government consolidation will make taxpayers and all citizens—regardless of income level—suffer more in the end. Illinois must grow its tax base of individuals at all income levels and businesses of all sizes. It shouldn’t try to pick winners and losers with misguided ‘revenue enhancements’ that just end up driving more people and businesses to pick up stakes and re-locate.”