MORRIS – Members of the Grundy County business community - and beyond - heard first hand from some of the areas representatives in Soringfield and Washington on Monday at the Grundy Economic Development COuncil Leglislative Breakfast. Along with local legislators State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) and State Rep. David Welter (R-Morris), congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) was present. State Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) was presented and the lone Democrat was State Sen. Toi Hutchinson of Olympia Fields.
As guests ate french toast, eggs and fruit, GEDC president and chief executive officers Nancy Norton asked the legislators about issues facing the state and the country.
Kinzinger said he was in favor of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out fo the Iran Nuclear agreement.
“You can sit back and say we have an agruably verifiable anti-nuclear in Iran deal for the next 10 years,” he said. But in 10 years the deal would expire. “But beyond nuclear weapons there is the issue of Iran’s behavior in the region ... (Syria) is now the flashpoint where if there is a regional war or World War Three scenario.”
With an attempt to renegotiate the Iran deal, Kinzinger said, now other areas can be renegotisted as well.
On the topic of the ongoing budget talks, Rezin said she was confident there would be a bipartisan budget in place by the end of May.
“Negotiations are going the way they should,” she said. “Illinois not having a budget for two years was very difficult ... What we do not want is a six month budget.”
Rezin said that the last time the bidget was passed it included an income tax increase, and that she has heard from many people that increases to taxes adversly impacts businesses.
Rezin also warned the group that there will be coming discussions about a progressice income tax that would charge higher earners more in taxes.
She said the state’s current flat tax is one of the few advantages businesses have in Illinois.
“This (progressive income tax) is something I certainly do not support,” Rezin said. She noted that in California, a state with a progressive income tax, they had to increase all of the levels of the income tax.
“A middle-class family making $80,000 is paying around 8 percent,” she said. “A lot more than the state of Illinois.”