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dir="ltr">State and federal lawmakers from some of Illinois’ neighboring states say taxpayers there, many of whom left Illinois, should not be on the hook for a federal bailout of the state’s budgetary mess.
On Tuesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced he had told his agency heads to prepare for “nightmare scenario” cuts of 5% for the current fiscal year and 10% for the following one that begins next summer.
The $43 billion budget Pritzker enacted for the current fiscal year appropriated more than the Legislature ever has and relies on billions of dollars in federal aid and the passage of a progressive income tax amendment in November.
U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-IN, joined Missouri state Rep. Justin Hill, R-Lake St. Louis, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-FL, and others for a call hosted by the Save our Country Coalition to warn against the ongoing negotiations in Washington D.C. that could result in federal dollars being funneled to states without spending restrictions.
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“It is a pleasure to be a neighbor to Illinois because we do benefit from a lot of their craziness,” said Braun, saying he and many other Republicans opposed “blue state bailouts.”
Hill said his state has long-seen Illinois residents leaving for a better economic climate by crossing the Mississippi River.
“We are a direct recipient of the bad policies of the state of Illinois,” he said. “The last thing I want to see for my constituents is a bailout of the state of Illinois. Their citizens are realizing that it has a negative impact on their livelihoods and they’re voting with their feet.”
Both Indiana and Missouri are net-receivers of interstate migration, meaning more Illinois residents move to those states than residents from those states move to Illinois.
The coalition is backed by free-market nonprofits including the FreedomWorks Foundation, the American Legislative Exchange Council, Americans for Prosperity and includes dozens of state and federal lawmakers.