Idstein says new state budget is latest example of how Springfield has 'failed' taxpayers
GOP State House hopeful Ken Idstein says that the only certainty in the recently passed $38.5 billion state budget is that it will cost taxpayers even more of their hard earned money in the long run.
“It will lead to higher taxes like the tax on retirement income, the statewide property tax and the progressive income tax hike that they are already advocating for,” Idstein told the Lake County Gazette, referring to the plan that was overwhelmingly supported by both chambers of the General Assembly and quickly signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. “The fact that a budget was passed may have a positive impact on the state’s bond rating, but will we slip further back? There is income and revenue included in this budget that is a ‘maybe.’”
Challenging state Rep. Sam Yingling (D-Grayslake) in the 62nd District in November’s general election, Idstein said his whole motivation for running is to give the people of his district a voice in how their government is run.
“The Springfield politicians and the special interests have failed us all,” he said. “This year’s budget is just another example of their failure. It is out of balance by $1.5 billion dollars and doesn’t address any of the factors that are making life hard for families like yours.”
Idstein said that Yingling is as responsible for the failures as anyone in Springfield.
“Yingling has had five years to stand up for us, [and] by any common-sense standard, he has failed,” he said. “Yingling failed to pass a balanced budget, failed to lower property taxes and failed to root out waste and fraud. Worst of all, Yingling failed to respect the trust you put in him. I’m running because we deserve better. If you have had enough, join our movement.”