Rep. Barickman speaks out on failed tax legislation

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

State Rep. Jason Barickman (R-Champaign), and candidate for the new 53rd Senate District seat in 2012,  released a statement following the failure of legislation to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks for some without reducing taxes on small businesses and individuals.

“Unfortunately, we’re now seeing the devastating affects the January tax hike has had on our state. When I opposed the tax increase, I explained that it would be a job killer. Instead of accepting the consequence of a massive tax hike on Illinois businesses and working to repeal it, Democrats are now trying to provide special treatment for a few major corporations who have access to the media and the Governor. Rather than discuss preferred tax treatment for some, I’d like to have an honest conversation about how we lower the rate for all taxpayers" he said.

"I will continue to advocate for a broad-based approach to tax cuts that do not single out specific activities for preferential treatment. My concern is that when tax cuts are too targeted to one group, they become economically inefficient, create opportunities for abuse of the tax system, and result in government picking winners and losers."

The legislation, HB 1883 failed to pass the House by a vote of 99 to 8.

Barickman, 36, represents the 105th District in the Illinois House of Representatives. He represents portions of Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, McLean, and Vermilion Counties. The new 53rd District includes portions of Woodford County, including Eureka, El Paso, Minonk, and Roanoke.