Lawmakers reject property tax freeze plan ... again
As Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner continues to hammer Democrats over a budget stalemate via a flurry TV ads, Democrats in Springfield continued to try to make political points by rejecting a property tax freeze plan again.
The latest proposal would freeze how much governments can ask for in taxes unless voters approve an increase. The issue continues to be a hot one because Rauner wants policy changes like a property tax freeze before he'll agree to new state taxes to fill the state's gaping budget hole.
The most recent plan, put forth by Democrats, was rejected Tuesday.
Democratic state Rep. John Bradley of Marion was asked if it was identical to what Rauner is seeking.
"Accurate," Bradley replied. "Cut and paste."
But Republican lawmakers largely declined to vote for or against it, instead voting "present." So the proposal fell almost 20 votes short.
They accused Democrats of playing political games by trying to get them to cast votes that later could be used on campaign-style mailers against them.
"I shan't play that game," state Rep. Ron Sandack, a Downers Grove Republican, said.
State Rep. David McSweeney, a Barrington Hills Republican, was the only member of his party to vote for the proposal.
As the budget stalemate in Springfield continues and some Democrats continue to ask for increased state taxes to end it, changes to property tax laws could eventually be a bargaining chip. The idea is popular among some suburban lawmakers whose constituents often complain about high property taxes.