Rep. Morrison Earns Perfect Score on Tax Survey by Taxpayers United of America

State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) is one of only three lawmakers in the Illinois General Assembly who have earned a perfect score on the Illinois Tax Survey compiled by Taxpayers United of America. His score is based on votes taken during the 99th General Assembly on bills that influence taxes.

“I hear regularly from constituents who are fleeing the state or are strongly considering leaving Illinois because they are literally being taxed out of their homes,” said Morrison. “But rather than controlling spending and balancing the budget with available revenue, the tax increase proposals keep coming in Springfield. The people I represent are desperate for tax relief.”

Thirty-two members of the Illinois House were recognized with a “passing” score of 70% or above on the tax survey, and Morrison is joined by State Representatives Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) and Peter Breen (R-Lombard) as having received perfect scores.

For the Taxpayers United tax survey, lawmakers were scored on their votes on ten different bills during the 99th General Assembly, including:
  • SB 2437: Raises property taxes to support Chicago pensions- passed in the House and Senate; vetoed by the Governor (veto stands)
  • HB 580: Codifies new benefits for AFSCME public employees and removes the taxpayer voice from collective bargaining- passed in the House and Senate; vetoed by the Governor (veto stands)
  • SB 2043: Taxpayer-funded college grants- passed in the House and Senate; vetoed by the Governor (veto stands)
  • SB 2822: $215 million bailout for Chicago Public Schools- passed in the House and Senate; vetoed by the Governor (veto stands)
  • SB 777: Chicago firefighters pension bailout- passed in the House and Senate; vetoed by the Governor (veto override successful)
  • SB 2046: $4 billion higher education tax hike- passed in the House and Senate; vetoed by the Governor (veto stands)
  • SB 1229: Removes the Governor (the voice of taxpayers) from negotiations with AFSCME- passed in the House and Senate; vetoed by the Governor (veto stands)
  • SB 2196: Tuition assistance for undocumented immigrants- passed in the Senate, not called in the House
  • SB 2931: Home healthcare minimum wage hike to $15/hour- passed in the House and Senate; vetoed by the Governor (veto stands)
  • HB 5736: Postpones for three years the sunset of a Medicaid program that provides healthcare for undocumented immigrant children- passed in the House and Senate; signed by the Governor
“It’s an honor to be recognized for my voting record on tax issues,” Morrison said. “I will continue to demand controlled spending and fiscal restraint.”

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