Less than a month after ramming through a massive tax increase in the middle of the night on a straight party line vote, Illinois Democrats are already dreaming up ways to spend all that new taxpayer moolah:
HB104 creates a new bureaucracy with the Department of Minority and Women Inclusion
SB97 raises the tax credit for new hires by $1000
HB152 creates another bureaucracy with a new Department of Education having its own cabinet secretary
HB211 gives a $5 per hour tax credit for volunteers working at community service events
HB258 permanently eliminates the sales tax charged on school supplies from August 6-15
HB259 increases the property tax credit for the disabled and SB138 doubles the credit for all taxpayers.
GOP Senator Matt Murphy is incredulous:
“It’s like people are living in a fantasy land . . . We can’t afford what we do now, much less new programs . . . [and] If [tax relief] is your goal, don’t pass the largest tax increase in state history.”
We all knew this would happen; the Democrats would see all that new money pouring in and rather than use it to pay bills, they would race to find new ways to spend it. They have no clue about how to fix the fiscal mess they created; all they have are their failed policies of the past— tax-spend-expand government.
It’s what they do, it’s who they are.