Bryant: Democrats play election gimmicks with budget

State Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) issued the following statement after Democrat lawmakers passed short-term tax relief in an election year as part of their FY23 budget, while also increasing state spending by billions.

“Since I entered the General Assembly, the state’s budget has increased by nearly 30 percent. Each year, I continue to watch Illinois Democrats permanently spend more and more while the residents of our state are crushed by out-of-control taxes.

“Today, members of the General Assembly had a golden opportunity to provide struggling families with long-lasting relief. Rather than providing those families with permanent tax relief, the Majority Party passed gimmick relief with a post-election expiration date.”

Sen. Bryant voted in favor of the tax relief portion of the plan, despite calling for permanent tax relief, but voted against the state spending plan.

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