From WRMJ Radio, July 24, 2017

Local State Representative Dan Swanson siding with the Governor on the education funding reform debate. Governor Bruce Rauner wants to veto Senate Bill 1, which includes significantly more money for Chicago schools and move forward with Senate Bill 1124—which takes the Chicago increase out of the equation. Swanson also on board with Senate Bill 1124. He says it would mean $300,000 more for the Mercer County School District.

Swanson says the Sherrard School District would gain $90,000 under Senate Bill 1124.

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WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) re-affirmed his NO vote on an income tax increase when the Governor’s veto on said 32% income tax increase came back to the Illinois House for veto override on Thursday.  The plan, originally approved by legislators July 2, spends at a rate of $36.5 billion, which is $5 billion over current revenues.

“This legislation does not sufficiently address the backlog of unpaid bills, does nothing but worsen outmigration from this state, and hurts the low to middle income families and job creators in my district,” said Swanson following the successful vote to override the Governor’s veto.

Swanson continued, “we have young people who want to stay in Illinois, who want to work and start their families here, but they simply cannot afford the taxes in Illinois.  Illinois’ net tax burden is the highest in the nation.”

Swanson went on to criticize the fact that the Democrat spending plan is also ‘booby-trapped’ to hold school funding hostage even with the veto override, “I’ve been fighting all Spring to reduce unfunded mandates on schools while improving the funding formula through House Bill 4069.  To booby-trap the budget unless there is a bailout of Chicago schools at the cost of downstate districts is appalling.”

Under provisions of Senate Bill 9 enacted following the veto override, Illinois permanently raises the State’s Income Tax by a 32% increase from 3.75% to 4.95% with no real reforms to how the State does business.  Moody’s, one of the three bond-rating houses, indicated less than 24 hours before the override vote that they may downgrade Illinois to junk-bond rating even with a budget override because of the lack of structural reforms to the State’s debt burden.


WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) explained his NO vote following House passage of a state budget predicated on massive tax increases.  The plan approved by legislators July 2 spends at a rate of $36.5 billion, which is $5 billion over current revenues.

“The message I have overwhelmingly heard from families in my district is that they want to see the budget impasse resolved, but they definitively want us to live within our means and not balance the budget on the backs of overburdened taxpayers.  These kinds of shenanigans can only occur when legislators allow them,” said Swanson following the vote on Sunday evening.

Swanson continued, “repeating the mistakes of the past while expecting different results is the definition of insanity.  Households can’t spend more than they bring in and neither should state government.  We need resolution to this impasse, but putting the mortgage payment on the credit card is not a real solution and neither is this budget.”

Swanson went on to say, “Senate Bill 6 does not address the $1.1 billion owed to our schools or pay down more than $15 billion in late payments to vendors — including doctors who provide health care to state employees and social service agencies that care for disabled people.”


The State revenue plan (Senate Bill 9) passed by a vote of 72 to 45 while the Spending Plan (Senate Bill 6) passed by a vote of 81 to 34.  Senate Bill 9 permanently raises the State’s Income Tax by a 32% increase from 3.75% to 4.95% with no real reforms to how the State does business.  Governor Rauner has indicated he will veto the bills, but they received enough votes for an override.