* I would never advise waiting on DC to do anything. Ever…
A group of Republican state Representatives said Tuesday that Illinois should wait for the federal government to get an infrastructure plan before increasing taxes on Illinoisans to pay for a statewide infrastructure plan. […]
Skillicorn said Illinois should wait for the federal government to get a $2 trillion plan, which he estimates could bring $400 billion for the state. Despite the Trump administration butting heads with House Democrats in Washington D.C., Skillicorn said he trusts the president to get it done and encouraged Illinois to urge its congressional delegation to “do their jobs and to deliver the resources that we need.”
“If we move forward with this now, how can we go to Washington D.C. and say ‘we absolutely need every dollar we can?’” Skillicorn said. “We can’t say that because we moved ahead without them.”
* SJ-R counterpoint…
There is little hope that a federal infrastructure bill might provide some funding anytime soon. It should be easy pass — it would create better infrastructure while also promising jobs and an economic boost — but it’s become one more political football for Democrats and Republicans to fight over. It would be easier for Illinois leaders if they knew what the feds might do, especially because an increase in the federal gasoline tax is probably a given if Congress approves a plan, too. But it seems unlikely that the Washington politicians will come to an agreement on this issue anytime soon. Our roads, bridges and buildings needed attention last year (or five or 10 years ago in many cases). Illinois cannot wait.
* Let’s hope not…
Pritzker’s capital spending plan, which he calls “Rebuild Illinois,” calls for $41.5 billion in infrastructure spending over six years, along with doubling the state’s motor fuel tax, along with other possible increases. [Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore] said the capital plan could be the subject of a special session this summer.
* Media advisory…
Citing job creation, economic growth and much-needed new revenue, the Illinois AFL-CIO, representing more than 1.5 million people from union households, supports the effort of the General Assembly and Gov. JB Pritzker to get a gaming/casino expansion bill done by the end of the week.
With gaming negotiations ongoing, Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael T. Carrigan said the return value of getting gaming done makes it an urgent matter. Representatives from labor will discuss the importance of gaming expansion at a news conference scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Capitol.
Labor Support for Gaming Expansion
12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28
Statehouse Press Room (Blue Room), Springfield
· Michael Carrigan – President, Illinois AFL-CIO
· Alan Golden – Business Manager IBEW Local 364, Rockford
· Michael Macellaio – Secretary-Treasurer, Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades
· State Sen. Antonio Munoz (D-Chicago), Assistant Majority Leader
· State Sen. Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills), Assistant Majority Leader
· State Rep. Robert Rita (D-Blue Island)