Dear Valued constituent,
The 2019 Springfield legislative session began with the approval of a minimum wage increase. Under the new law, Public Act 101-0001, the current $8.25 per hour minimum wage will increase to $15.00 per hour over a six-year period. Beginning on January 1, 2025, the new minimum wage in Illinois will be $15.00. For a full-time employee working 40 hours per week, that will result in an annual salary of $31,200.00.
DeLuca Urges Bipartisanship, Restraint on Spending
As we debate legislation in Springfield, we must remember that while many faces have changed, the fiscal challenges impacting Illinois’ budget still remain.
While many on both sides of the aisle come into this session with high hopes, we must first recognize the need for fiscal discipline. It’s incumbent upon every elected official in Springfield to prove to taxpayers that every dollar being spent, every program being funded, and every department in state government is operated and streamlined in the most efficient manner possible, before imposing an additional burden of higher taxes on the backs of Illinois families.
I’m asking my colleagues in Springfield to work together and continue to search for ways to reduce state spending. We must closely watch unfunded mandates or sending taxpayer money to programs that have no transparency or accountability. We should view this session as an opportunity to improve the quality of life for Illinois families.
DeLuca’s Bill Brings Dollars Back to Municipalities
House Bill 158 would increase the amount of money municipalities receive from the state.
I often hear stories about how high property taxes are forcing people out of their homes. HB 158 gives municipalities a greater ability to meet the needs of their residents without imposing an increase in property taxes year-after-year.
HB 158 would bring the level of funding to municipalities back to 10%. In 2011, the amount that municipalities received from the Local Government Distributive Fund (LGDF) was reduced from 10 to 6 percent. This bill simply seeks to restore the previous rate of funding, making it easier for communities to fund the necessary services for residents.
The result of this legislation will allow local governments to be less reliant on homeowners to fund important services like police and fire protection, street resurfacing and infrastructure repairs. My hope is this common-sense measure helps units of local governments reduce everyone’s property tax bills in the future.
DeLuca Pushes for Property Tax Relief
Property taxes have continued to rise forcing families out of their homes and out of Illinois because of the high cost of these taxes. Its clear families need a break in the form of real property tax relief.
As a strong supporter of property tax relief, I have fought to help homeowners keep more of their hard-earned money by voting numerous times to freeze or reduce their property tax bills.
In light of this, it’s clear more must be done to ease the tax burden faced by homeowners, which is why I continue to be a vocal advocate for real property tax relief.
Enjoy a few photos from my 18th Annual Clergy Breakfast held at Governor’s State University earlier this month.