Sen. Brady disputes
claims by administration witnesses at tax hearing
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[April 20, 2007]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Senate's first hearing on
the governor's proposed $7.6 billion tax increase lasted more than
six hours on Wednesday and featured some testimony by paid witnesses
that state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, disputed.
several of them from out of state, were the first to testify,
including an economist from Nevada who at one point admitted he
didn't know much about the Illinois tax burden.
Brady, a member of the Senate Revenue Committee, filled him in.
"The data that we have is that we are higher than every
surrounding state. We are higher than the national average, and we
are higher than half the states in the nation," Brady said.
The witness argued that taxation is an investment in people and
institutions, which leads to economic growth. Brady did not agree.
"You are here to suggest to us that by taking more money out of
the pockets of Illinois businesses -- if they don't pass their costs
on to other citizens in this state -- that they are going to prosper
and grow and employ more people? That's your logic?" Brady said.
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The governor's gross receipts tax proposal brought hundreds of
people to the Capitol -- supporters who favor the new and expanded
government programs that are part of the plan, and opponents who say
the new tax will force them to either pass on the tax to consumers,
cut jobs or run them out of business.
"We are the eighth-worst state in the nation in job growth
because the governor assumed that by increasing the tax burden on
businesses in Illinois that they wouldn't take their trucks and go
to another state, that they wouldn't make investments in another
state," Brady said. "He was wrong. Just take a closer look at the
Illinois' past four years and its performance."
[Text copied from news release sent
on behalf of
Sen. Bill Brady and received
Senate Republican staff]
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