News from State Rep Anthony DeLuca

 

Dear Valued Constituent,

The General Assembly concluded our second week of the fall veto session in Springfield.  Although we have not yet passed a full year budget, I remain committed to doing the necessary work to pass a budget and get our state back on track.  Today’s newsletter will touch on three issues; a lawsuit regarding legislator pay, a comprehensive energy proposal, and prohibiting a “Lame duck” income tax increase.

You may be aware Illinois legislators have not received a paycheck for nearly seven months.  A lawsuit was filed by a few house members in an effort to get paid.  I do not agree legislators should attempt to prioritize our pay ahead of schools, social & human service providers, hospitals, nursing homes and others.  I agree with the previous republican comptroller and now the newly elected democrat comptroller who both have said legislator pay should not be paid ahead of others.  Legislator salaries have simply been placed in the same order as other state vendors and we should be patient until we pass a budget.  I urge comptroller Mendoza to keep her campaign promise of “No budget, no pay” and oppose the lawsuit.

Earlier this year Exelon announced the beginning of the shut-down procedures for two nuclear power plants in Illinois that would close without legislation treating nuclear power generation as a zero-emission energy source.  The General Assembly passed Senate Bill 2814, a comprehensive bill to stabilize and preserve Illinois’ growing energy market.  SB2814 keeps 4,200 good-paying jobs in Illinois at the two nuclear facilities in Clinton and Cordova, as well as creates new jobs by supporting investment in alternative energy such as wind and solar.  SB2814 includes rate increase caps for homeowners and business.  It creates a Zero Emission Standard to reward nuclear plants for creating power without negative emissions.  Energy rates in other states have increased and this legislation will protect consumers in Illinois from volatile changes.  The Governor signed SB2814 on December 7, 2016, it is now Public Act 99-0906.

Finally, in politics, a “Lame duck” is an elected official who is retiring or not re-elected and is finishing serving their original term before a successor takes over.  The lame duck legislator will not face the electorate again and has little fear of the consequences of their votes.  Both republican and democrat legislators have heard from constituents who oppose passing a state income tax increase during a lame duck session.  Voters prefer legislators wait until the newly elected members take office before an income tax increase is considered.  I supported House Resolution 1494 which passed the house and opposes the consideration or passage of any income tax increase on the people of Illinois during a “Lame duck” special session that may be called to meet on or after January 1, 2017.  If this measure becomes law, it will protect taxpayers from efforts to pass an income tax increase during the final hours of the General Assembly’s work.

Have a great week and thank you for your continued support!


Sincerely,
Illinois 80th District includes portions of:
Townships: Bloom, Crete, Florence, Frankfort, Green Garden, Manhattan, Monee, New Lenox, Peotone, Rich, and Wilton
Municipalities: Chicago Heights, Flossmoor, Frankfort, Glenwood, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Manhattan, Matteson, Mokena, Monee, New Lenox, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Richton Park, South Chicago Heights, Steger, Symerton University Park, and Wilmington
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