GOP slams Madigan's work toward 'zero reforms,' but rewards for himself
The Illinois Republican Party has released a video attacking House Speaker Mike Madigan's (D-Chicago) decision to increase income taxes as part of Illinois' new budget.
"Mike Madigan’s permanent 32 percent tax hike includes zero reforms to help the people and fix our political system," the GOP said in a press release. "It only rewards Madigan and his cronies with more taxpayer money that they have proven incapable of spending wisely. It’s a disaster for the long-term health of Illinois."
The video features a number of taxpayers expressing their anger at the high cost of living in Illinois.
"My property taxes went up over 110 percent since last year," business owner James Dombrowski says in the video.
Madigan is said to be a key figure behind many of the decisions that have affected the state's massive debt, Reuters reported. Madigan, who has been the speaker for all but two years since 1983, has played a big part in the state's pension, tax and labor laws.