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Rep. Chesney: new taxes won't solve Illinois' key problems


By Tomas Kassahun | Jul 5, 2019


Illinois State Rep. Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) has expressed concerns about the state’s new increased taxes. 

Chesney, in a recent statement on his website, said the increases in the motor fuel tax, vehicle registration fees, cigarette taxes, parking taxes, online sales taxes and new gaming fees, which took effect July 1, will not solve Illinois' key issues.

“Unaffordable pensions remain ignored, billions in unpaid bills still exist and property taxes remain totally out of control,” Chesney said on his website.  “Little concessions were made by the Democratic super majorities to spur job creation or population growth as well. None of this has changed with these new taxes and fees and none of it will change under this leadership.”

State Rep. Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport)

Chesney said legislators gave themselves a pay raise on the same day they voted to increase motor fuel taxes on all Illinoisans.

According to Chesney, Democrats spent $1.5 billion above the Gov. JB Prtizker's original unbalanced budget request, allocating “more money for their Democratic legislators’ priorities than their Republican counterparts.”

“Considering how far in debt we are, we should spend a lot less than we bring in and apply the difference to these root cause problems [such as] unaffordable pensions, unpaid bills and soaring property taxes,” Chesney said. “If we do that, I am confident private industry will come back to our state and help grow Illinois out of this mess.”


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