SPRINGFIELD, IL â€“ Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) issued the following statement in response to the governorâ€™s budget address:
I applaud the governorâ€™s commitment to a tax structure that uplifts the working poor, particularly through an increase in the state Earned Income Tax Credit, a proven anti-poverty, pro-work tool that puts money directly into pocketbooks and local economies. I am proud to be the Senate sponsor of legislation that will double the state EITC over the next five years and generate up to $2 in economic activity for every dollar the state invests in this credit.
As we approach a time of tough decisions, a time that will test our moral commitment to â€œthe least of these,â€ I intend to study carefully the governorâ€™s proposals and all responsible budget plans. I will continue to be a voice for protecting education and social services, improving opportunities and quality of life for our residents rather than laying the burden of the stateâ€™s fiscal challenges on the backs of those least able to bear it.