The Illinois House recently approved a $35.7 billion 2015 spending plan which relies on many of the same practices that got Illinois into financial trouble in the first place. These practices include failing to allocate enough money to cover expenses, using money from special funds for day-to-day operations, and banking on future increases in revenue that may or may not materialize.
This spending plan is just another Springfield policy that will hurt businesses and taxpayers – driving MORE jobs out of our state, splitting up our families, and often exporting our children who are forced to choose between a job in a state with a stronger business climate and their family in Illinois after college.
We must begin to think about and approach the problems facing government differently: by implementing policy reforms and leveraging our competitive advantages to grow our economy instead of repeatedly raising taxes on the businesses and families of Illinois.
The tax and spend policies -- championed by those guarding a status quo that has left Illinois with the worst credit rating in the country and the highest unemployment rate in the Midwest -- are reckless with our hard-earned tax dollars and the dreams we have for ourselves and our children.
Despite what proponents of THE new spending plan say, the problem is not that taxpayers and businesses don’t contribute enough. Since 2011, Illinois has taken in record tax receipts, yet continues to be afflicted by largest unfunded pension liability in the country and has amassed billions in debt. The problem is that government spends too much.
Unfortunately, it’s evident from their continued attempts to raise taxes that leaders in Springfield have not learned from the mistakes that led Illinois into insolvency, inefficiency and unreliability. Those who continue to defend the status quo have clearly demonstrated that they care more about maintaining their own positions of power than they do for the taxpayers and families of this state.
My opponent, whose vote is bought and paid for by Speaker Madigan, is a clear example of one who defends the state’s disgraceful status quo. Sente was appointed by Mike Madigan. Her campaign continues to be well-funded by the powerful Speaker. My opponent says she is opposed to a tax increase, then turn around and vote for Madigan’s unbalanced budget, with a nearly $3 billion hole in it. On the House floor, her walk doesn’t match her talk. Constituents should be able to trust their representative’s vote when it counts. Unfortunately, we are not able to trust Sente’s vote.
It’s time for leaders who recognize that Illinois has to let the 2011 income tax increase sunset as promised - allowing the state to return to its previous 3% tax rate. It’s time for leaders who understand that you balance a budget by keeping spending in line with revenues.
Changing the composition of the General Assembly is an imperative. On November 4, you will have an opportunity to take a step toward balancing the power in Springfield. I will vigorously and consistently oppose those who obstruct reform-focused policy and promise to champion good government in order to bring opportunity back to Illinois. Join me in making Illinois a place where businesses and families can thrive. For more information about my campaign, please visit www.votemunger.com.
Leslie Munger is running for State Representative in District 59. She is a businesswoman, community leader, wife and mother. Munger has 25 years of business experience. As the Hair Care Category Director at Helene Curtis, she was responsible for over an $800 million U. S. Hair Care business and brands. She has managed large budgets, cut spending & delivered results.
In 2004, Leslie was named Lincolnshire Citizen of the Year. In 2013, she was named 2013 Riverside Foundation Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year.