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AN ENCORE TO RAISING TAXES, FRESHMAN NATHAN REITZ VOTES TO RAISE HIS OWN PAY

Reitz voted “yes” on graduated income tax last year, today voted for more borrowing, fantasy budget that raises his own pay

RED BUD, IL – Freshman House of Representatives member Nathan Reitz proved himself a quick study in the ways of Springfield as he followed up last year’s vote to raise taxes by voting this week to borrow $5 billion to pay for a fantasy budget and rewarding himself with a second pay increase.

“Rep. Reitz promised his constituents ‘responsible budget-making’, yet his twelve-month record in office shows two pay raises and significant borrowing that threatens the state’s long-term financial stability,” said David Friess, candidate for State Representative in the 116th District. “With unemployment soaring and businesses struggling to keep afloat, it’s irresponsible budget-making conducted by an out-of-touch politician.”

In four days of legislative session in Springfield, Rep. Reitz cast the following votes:

  • Voted “yes” to allow $5 Billion in borrowing, with no legislative oversight (5/22, SB2099)
  • Voted “yes” to give himself and all legislators a pay raise (5/23, SB1805)
  • Voted “yes” on a fantasy budget that assumes flat revenues and spends more than last year (5/23, SB0264)

The 116th is a Southwestern Illinois district containing all or part of Cahokia, Chester, Columbia, Du Quoin, Marissa, Pinckneyville, Red Bud, Sparta, and Waterloo.