Statement on capital plan
State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) released the following statement after voting “no” on capital construction legislation:
“Although Illinois has a real need for transportation infrastructure improvements, I am unable to support a plan that is based on extreme DMV fee increases and a doubling of motor fuel taxes. By leaving the current sales tax on fuel in place, the state is taxing drivers twice on every gallon. This double taxation on gasoline sales will disproportionately harm my constituents.
We have a moral obligation to try reduce costs before we ask the hard working families of Illinois to pay a cent more. This plan however relies on raising and adding fees, therefore I voted NO.”