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Senate overrides veto, Sen. Rooney condemns tax hike without reforms

On July 4, the Illinois Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto on a budget package that permanently raises personal income tax rates for Illinois taxpayers to 4.95 percent and excludes critical structural reforms needed to help Illinois succeed.

State Sen. Tom Rooney (R-Rolling Meadows) issued the following statement after the Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto.  

 “Countless hours of hard work and negotiations fell by the wayside today with lawmakers choosing false promises over real progress. A permanent tax increase without critical structural reforms is woefully short-sighted. Illinoisans have shouldered the majorities’ tax-and-spend policies for too long and the longer we allow for more of the same, the heavier that burden becomes,” said Rooney. “By repeating past mistakes and passing empty promises rather than substantive change, a message is being sent that the status quo is more important than the needs of our taxpayers, students and businesses. My hope is that lawmakers recognize that political games only block Illinois path forward and finally realize we should be working together, not against each other, to end this crisis and provide stability for our state.”

The budget package, which includes a 32 percent income tax hike, was vetoed by Governor and quickly overridden in the Senate. The package will now advance to the House for further consideration.


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