Politically Speaking — May 3, 2022

Politics
May 3, 2022

According to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, he’s going to do all of us a favor by freezing gas taxes for six months, from July to December 2022. What a guy.

But what he’s not telling you is Illinois drivers pay the nation’s second highest gas tax, right behind California. Pritzker doubled the state gas tax from 19 cents per gallon to 38 cents per gallon to fund $45 billion in infrastructure and pork projects that include dog parks, pickleball courts and money for political cronies. Illinoisans are now paying about $1 per gallon at the pump in taxes. What a guy!

And to top it all off, Illinois lawmakers are considering forcing gas stations to post 4”x8” boldly lettered signs on gas pumps highlighting Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s temporary suspension of the upcoming automatic gas tax hike. And if the gas stations fail to comply, no problem, no worry. It’s just a $500 a day fine. I’m not sure whether that’s per pump or not!

Nothing like beating your chest, especially during an election year when you haven’t done anything but hurt your constituents.

In my opinion, Pritzker’s right up there with Biden and his handlers. Signs on gas pumps is nothing more than forced free election year advertising. The gas pump signs are part of an amendment to House Bill 1497 which contains state lawmakers’ budget proposals and Pritzker’s temporary tax cuts. This falls right in line with ripping out toilets in his mansion to cut his property taxes.

The bottom line is your gas tax was hiked in 2019, was hiked in 2020, was hiked again in 2021, and in 2023 you’ll get another gas tax hike. Be sure and tell the Governor thank you!

Leaving you with this final thought: Keep voting the same way, keep getting the same thing.

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