FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2020
Responsible Budget Coalition
STATEMENT FROM THE RESPONSIBLE BUDGET COALITION ON GOVERNOR JB PRITZKER’S BUDGET ADDRESS
CHICAGO – The Responsible Budget Coalition issued the following statement in response to Governor JB Pritzker’s Budget Address on February 19, 2020.
“We have worked for more than a decade to ensure our state has a responsible budget. That means investing in our families and communities with adequate revenue that’s fairly raised,” said John Bouman, Chair of the Responsible Budget Coalition and President of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law. “Our biggest challenge has always been that the old way of taxing income is unfair and inadequate. It burdens the middle class and lets the rich off easy while forcing harmful cuts to schools, services and jobs.
“To have a truly responsible budget now and in the future, Illinois needs the fair tax constitutional amendment. When we vote Yes this November, working families will get a tax cut, the wealthiest 3% will pay a little more on income above a quarter-million dollars, and the state will gain more than $3 billion a year to invest in our communities.”
The Responsible Budget Coalition specifically commends the Governor for his leadership on the fair tax amendment and for proposing a budget that makes bold new investments in children, education, and human services in order to meet our state’s most basic needs. We urge the Governor and the General Assembly to work together and pass a budget that retains a focus on these critical priorities for Illinoisans.
The Responsible Budget Coalition is a nonpartisan statewide coalition made up of more than 300 member organizations. We are united by three common principles: adequate revenue to support state priorities, no cuts to vital programs and services, and fairness in raising revenue. To learn more, visit live-responsible-budget-coalition.pantheonsite.io, follow us on Twitter @RespBudgetIL, and like us on Facebook.