Tom Cross: One Year Anniversary of Tax Increase‏

From the office of Rep. Tom Cross, Ill GOP House Leader…

In one years time, an average Illinois family of three has paid nearly one-thousand dollars more in taxes to state government – that’s a lot of diapers, milk and cans of chicken soup that family could have bought instead.

On the one year anniversary of the Democrats’ tax increase on families and employers, Illinois’ financial situation has not improved, and in fact, is in worse shape than before the tax hike was approved. We held a press conference today in Chicago reiterating the need for more fiscal discipline, and much-needed pension and Medicaid reforms to get costs under control.

The majority party’s promises that the tax increase would reduce the backlog of bills and prevent layoffs were not fulfilled. According to the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB), Illinois’ backlog of bills remains at around $7 billion and unemployment rose from 9.1% in November 2010 to 10.0% in November 2011 (latest figures available from Illinois Department of Employment Security).

The tax increase policy failed, and I believe that average family in Illinois probably wants its money back.

We will continue to fight against tax increases and fight for the financial reforms that we desperately need. We know Illinois families are frustrated that government is so slow to reform, while they are being forced to live with less.

Keep in touch with us–if you are frustrated with the tax increase let us know–we’ll post some of your comments on our IL House GOP Facebook page.

Sincerely,
Tom Cross
IL House Republican Leader

http://www.ilhousegop.org

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