Mark Grant, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, released the following statement today in response to the House’s vote to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 9, legislation imposing a $5 billion tax increase on small businesses and other taxpayers:
“Our members are livid. Senate Bill 9 is bad legislation that’s going to make it even harder for small businesses and other employers not only to succeed but to stay in Illinois. This tax increase is going to drive up the cost of living, working, and doing business in Illinois. Worst of all, it doesn’t even get at the underlying issues such as soaring property tax rates, runaway workers’ comp costs, and a busted state pension system.
“The veto override was a key vote for NFIB, meaning we let legislators know where our members stand, and we’ll report each and every vote to our members—their constituents.
“NFIB is the voice of Illinois’ small businesses, and we’ll continue to advocate for meaningful reforms that balance the budget and help put Illinois back on track.”