* Certain legislation, when it’s introduced, is almost guaranteed to receive a big press pop and then never actually go anywhere. This would be one of those measures…
An Illinois lawmaker wants Governor Pat Quinn to spend more time in Springfield.
State Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) on Tuesday filed House Resolution 581 that “urges” Quinn to be in Springfield “during the entirety of the legislative session” in order to work with lawmakers.
The governor has in the past come under criticism for his brief time spent at the capitol while lawmakers are session.
Quinn spent only 68 days in Springfield between March 2011 and March 2012 – less than 20 percent of his time and only 40 nights in the governor’s mansion., according to an investigation last year by Champaign TV station WCIA.
“I think this sets an expectation,” [Rep. Davidsmeyer] says. “It doesn’t tie the governor’s hands by any means by saying ‘you have to live in the mansion’. It just says ‘we encourage you to be there to help us lead in the right direction.’”
Davidsmeyer says it’s not meant to attack Quinn; it would apply to any future governor. He says it’s important that the governor be available to help legislators negotiate and make deals. Quinn’s office says the governor goes wherever he has work to do.
It’s not targeted at Quinn? Please.
* And here’s another one…
State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is a sponsor of a bill to remove the 6.25 percent sales tax the state collects on most motor fuel sales.
“The people I represent are frustrated by high gas prices, and high state taxes that add to their burden,” Scherer, whose district includes part of Springfield, said in a statement concerning House Bill 3666. “By cutting some of the taxes that are contributing to our pain at the pump, this bill offers much-needed relief.”
The bill would permanently remove the tax, as of July 1, 2014. The 6.25 percent includes 5 percent that goes to the state, 1 percent that goes to municipal government and a quarter percent that goes to county government.
The state’s 5 percent sales tax on fuel alone amounted to $779 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, said Sue Hofer, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Revenue. That would also mean municipal and county governments received about $195 million from their portion of the state-collected tax.
This is a Jack Franks bill, so you know right off the bat that it’s designed for maximum media attention for Democrats who represent more conservative areas. But I’d really like to see Scherer explain what programs she’d cut to equal that $779 million budget reduction.