Thursday, July 06, 2017
Statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau Regarding Passage of the Illinois Budget
The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding passage of the Illinois budget.
“For the first time in more than two years, the state of Illinois has a budget. Following this extended period of political discord and disagreement, we are hopeful that Illinois can now begin to heal its fiscal wounds.
“While no one likes a tax increase, Illinois agriculture does receive benefits as a result of the budget package. Sales tax incentives for E-85 and biodiesel were extended for five years. Important agricultural programs like the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center, county fairs, University of Illinois Extension, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts received additional funding in the budget package.
“From the beginning, Illinois Farm Bureau has called for a compromise to end the budget impasse. Given the political gridlock, was clear any solution must include items that are not desirable. Despite that, Illinois can now move forward and begin to address its unpaid bills while beneficial programs for agriculture also receive funding.
“Moving forward, we urge the General Assembly to consider additional changes that will improve the business climate in our state, including pension reform and term limits.”
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