SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To reduce the amount of unused state resources, state Rep. Diane Pappas, D-Itasca, introduced a bill that requires the state to sell surplus planes and allocate proceeds to improve our state’s education.
“It’s counterproductive for the state to store a surplus of airplanes that are of no use when they can be sold to fund services such as education,” said Pappas. “Many Illinoisans depend on state services, which is why it’s crucial that we use all resources available to reduce the tax burden on residents.”
Pappas is the chief-sponsor of House Bill 3201 that would require the state to sell all airplanes and helicopters that are not used for emergency use, assigned to the police department, or claimed by a public university for aviation training. All proceeds would go to the Education Assistance Fund, which assists elementary and secondary education programs.
Pappas will continue to sponsor legislation that helps ensure that the state uses all its resources to improve our roads, health services and, most importantly, relieve the tax burden on middle-class families.
“We must find alternative ways to maintain and improve our state services,” said Pappas. “I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to create ways that will help improve our state’s finances.”