Rep. Demmer statement on FY23 state budget

Deputy House Minority Leader Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, issued the following statement today on Governor JB Pritzker signing the FY23 state budget into law:

“The budget that Gov. Pritzker signed today grows state spending by 10% while revenues are actually declining by 5%. His plan is neither responsible nor sustainable. Just a year and a half ago, Gov. Pritzker was spending millions to convince Illinois voters to approve his $3.5 billion tax hike—threatening them with draconian cuts or across-the-board tax hikes if they didn’t approve. His tax hike was rejected by the voters, but the Governor continues to spend as if voters said yes. Propped up by an avalanche of federal bailout cash, Gov. Pritzker is now trying to paint a very rosy picture of the budget during an election year. As we saw with the bipartisan opposition to his tax increase, Illinoisans are right to be skeptical of Gov. Pritzker’s claims.”

Leader Demmer serves Illinois’ 90th District which includes portions of Lee, Ogle, DeKalb and LaSalle Counties.