SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, released the following statement Thursday:
“Today, I voted against an unfair tax hike on local families. The conventional remedy in Illinois seems to always be some sort of tax increase to solve our short and long-term problems, but Illinoisans simply can’t afford it. We cannot tax our way out of this problem. That’s why I supported a budget that cuts nearly $3 billion in government bureaucracy, because we must reduce the overall cost of government. We need to continue cutting wasteful spending so that we can fund essential services like breast cancer screenings, care for the elderly, education, and programs for those with developmental disabilities.
“Working families can’t afford to pay more to clean up the governor’s mess. Instead, we need to start by making billionaires pay their fair share, closing corporate loopholes and cutting the cost of government.
“I cannot in good conscience support an income tax hike. I spend a lot of time going door-to-door in my community, and my constituents have made it crystal clear to me that middle-class and struggling families should not be forced to pay more to make up for Bruce Rauner’s risky bets.”