Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Aurora): “The Governor claims lower government costs than we had in 2008 and we know the tax revenues are much higher than in 2008, so what happened to the money? Despite all the promises three years ago, why does the Governor want to make the 2011 ‘temporary’ income tax hike permanent? Most of us would be a little more willing to put up with higher taxes if we believed that those dollars were spent efficiently. Unfortunately, government waste, fraud and abuse have clearly shown the opposite. Where is that money?”
Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria): “Governor Pat Quinn and his legislative majority friends seem to be unclear on the concept of ‘temporary,’ as that was the word used to describe the massive 2011 tax increase, which cost the average family one-week’s income. Temporary should mean temporary, but it is apparent that Governor Quinn is guilty of ‘political malpractice.’”
Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford): “In 2010, my Republican colleagues and I warned that the Governor’s tax increase would never be used to pay bills or reduce our long-term debts and that the 67 percent income tax on individuals would never be temporary. Today, we were unfortunately proven right. Since then, more than $25 billion has flowed into Illinois coffers and the backlog of bills has been reduced by only $1 billion. Taxpayers are still on the hook for approximately $7 billion in back log of unpaid due bills,” Syverson said.
Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry): “Governor Quinn’s Budget Address today revealed yet again why I cannot support extending the 2011 income tax increase or implementing a new progressive income tax. His policies and five year plan will clearly continue the failed policies of the past and go back on promises he made to the people of Illinois. In his five years in office, Illinois has become the state with the worst credit rating in the country, the second highest unemployment rate in the country, and we have seen the largest tax increase in history – a tax increase that was promised to be temporary. The five year plan will do nothing to reverse that for the state.:
Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington): "Governor Quinn's call for higher taxes and more spending is a recipe for economic disaster. Illinois' 8.7% unemployment rate is a disgrace and the Quinn policies have failed miserably. We need to focus on cutting tax rates across the board for families, small businesses and companies. We need to cut spending, not raise taxes."
Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine): “At a time when 570,000 Illinoisans are unemployed and unable to find work to support their families, our top priority needs to be creating jobs and improving our business climate. Instead, Governor Quinn told us today that his plan for improving Illinois is to dig even deeper into the pockets of working Illinoisans so he can increase spending next year."
Rep. Darlene Senger (R-Naperville): “After five years of Pat Quinn and Bill Foster at the helm, jobs continue to leave Illinois, incomes continue to shrink, and taxes have increased, yet education funding is lower than it was before them, and we still owe over $7 billion in past due bills."
Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford): “I am also disappointed in what we did not hear today. Illinois is predicted to be dead last for new job creation in 2014 and Quinn failed to deliver his plan for growing our economy. Our top priority must be improving Illinois’ business climate and creating jobs, but since Quinn took office, Illinois’ unemployment rate has risen from 8.0% to 8.7%, leaving 570,000 individuals out of work. If Illinois fails to provide comprehensive tax relief, businesses will begin looking to cross state lines for cheaper costs, bringing their jobs and revenue with them.”
Rep. Michael Unes (R-Canton): “The bottom line is Pat Quinn has yet to propose a budget that spends less than the previous year, despite the massive fiscal challenges facing our state. We can’t keep spending more, all the while balancing the budget on the backs of working families. Pat Quinn promised the 67% income tax increase would be temporary- promise broken. Pat Quinn promised the tax increase would pay down old bills- promise broken. Pat Quinn promised to improve the climate for private sector job creators in Illinois- promise broken.” said Rep. Unes.
Rep. Mike Tryon (R-McHenry): “Governor Quinn seems incapable of managing the state’s finances. The spending plan he put forth today overshot our bipartisan-approved revenue estimate for FY15 by a whopping $3.6 billion. He wants to spend, spend, spend and has no interest in making sure that available revenues can support it.”
Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake): “House Republicans have worked hard this year to stop irresponsible spending and eliminate fraud from systems like Medicaid. But the Governor made it very clear today that he has no interest in implementing reforms that would eliminate waste and fraud. He is much more interested in taking more of the taxpayers’ hard-earned money and driving a wedge between the classes.
Several other GOP lawmakers gave quick interviews that can be viewed HERE