The Honorable Bruce Rauner
Governor of Illinois
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706

Dear Governor Rauner,

I am writing to urge you to veto Senate Bill 2368 sponsored by Senator Bill Haine and Representative Jay Hoffman. Senate Bill 2368 is purely political and if this bill were to become law, it would be detrimental to Metro East taxpayers – which is why I voted against this bill in the House.

Senate Bill 2368 was introduced as a way for Metro East Democrats to take back control of the Metro East Sanitary District (MESD), a board they had control of since the Act was created in 1974. In fact, for thirteen of the last fifteen years, MESD was operating under a deficit. It was drowning in debt for years while the politically connected failed to make the necessary repairs to adequately provide flood control in the sanitary district. Today, MESD is operating at a surplus and now can afford to make repairs due to the fact that twenty four patronage jobs were cut from their budget when new leadership took over in 2017.

Under current law, the Metro-East Sanitary District Board (MESD) is comprised of five members. Three members appointed by Republican Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler and two members appointed by Democrat St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern.

If signed into law, Senate Bill 2368 would amend the Metro-East Sanitary District Act of 1974 to eliminate one of Madison County’s three appointments to MESD by replacing one of Madison County’s appointments with the Mayor of Granite City. This bill would severely weaken Madison County’s overall representation on the MESD board and it would also create a conflict of interest for the Mayor of Granite City, since the Mayor currently serves on the Granite City Wastewater Treatment Board.

Just because one party controlled MESD for 44 years and they lost control as a result of the 2016 election, it doesn’t mean they should be able to change the law to their own benefit. Again, I ask you to veto Senate Bill 2368.

If you would like to discuss my opposition to this bill, please contact my office at 618-651-0405.
Sincerely, 

Charlie Meier
State Representative, 108th District

The legislature completed its regular session work for the 100th Illinois General Assembly on May 31, 2018. The 2018 session was a busy one for State Representative Charlie Meier. During the 100th GA, Rep. Meier sponsored a total of fifty-one pieces of legislation. Here are a few legislative highlights from this session:

Judicial Election Reform (HB 4176)


If enacted, states that no judge or former judge may submit his or her candidacy for a vacancy in a judicial office by any method other than seeking retention in his or her office, unless that judge or former judge is seeking judicial office in a higher or lower court or he or she has not served as an elected or appointed judge for at least 2 years.

The legislation is in response to the decision made by three St. Clair County judges Baricevic, Haida and LeChien to avoid retention and the requirement to receive 60% voter approval to remain on the bench. Instead, the three judges chose to run for election which only required approval from over 50% of the voters in the November 2016 election.

Status: Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee

Income Tax Hike Repeal (HB 4211)


Would repeal the 32 percent income tax hike which took effect in 2017. The current income tax rate in Illinois is 4.95 percent and 7 percent for employers. Rep. Meier’s bill would roll back the income tax to 3.75% on taxable income and 5.25% for employers. Meier’s legislation would reduce the tax burden placed on individuals and families while saving thousands of Illinois jobs.

“Our state continues to lose population because of higher taxes and fewer jobs,” said Rep. Meier. “We need more jobs and less taxes in our state which is why I filed a bill to reduce taxes on individuals and businesses. I voted against the final bill which forced the recent 32 percent income tax hike onto Illinois taxpayers.”

Status: Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee


Concealed Carry License for Armed Forces in Illinois (HB 4177)


Creates an exemption for non-resident active duty members of the Armed Forces or their spouses to apply for concealed carry licenses.  “I have been pushing for this bill ever since ISIS put out their hit list on our current and former service members,” said Rep. Meier. “Our service members put their lives at risk to protect our freedom, its common sense that we allow them to protect themselves and their family when they are in public.”
The legislation provides that whether or not the laws of the state where the non-resident resides are substantially similar to Illinois, the Illinois State Police shall allow by rule a non-resident license application if the applicant is an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in this State or the spouse of an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in this State.

Status: Passed Judicial Criminal Committee, then held up by Anti-Gun Lawmakers
The fiscal 2019 Illinois budget enacted last week includes a voluntary pension buyout plan and a boost in school funding, which are credit-positive moves for the relatively low-rated state and its school districts, Moody’s Investors Service said on Monday.

The $38.5 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1 incorporates $423 million in savings that would be generated by current or former public-sector workers choosing to accept a buyout of their pensions or a retirement benefit in exchange for cash raised by the sale of up to $1 billion of state general obligation bonds.

“The state’s buyout offer is credit positive because it will generate significant pension liability savings to the extent that employees accept the offer,” Moody’s said, adding that actual savings could fall short if participation fails to meet targets of 22 percent of vested former workers and 25 percent of retiring current workers. Read the rest of the story.
Here are the 34 new laws that take effect on June 1 that you should know about:

Local governments cannot prohibit autonomous vehicles
(Public Act 100-352, House Bill 791)
No unit of local government, including home rule units, may enact a local ordinance which prohibits the use of vehicles equipped with automated driving systems.

Designating lottery funds for education
(Public Act 100-466, House Bill 213)
This legislation amended the Illinois Lottery Law to direct that any money transferred from the lottery fund over to the Common School Fund be considered supplemental to any money due to be transferred into the fund, rather than in lieu of those funds.

Publicizing the child abuse hotline
(Public Act 100-468, House Bill 370)
The Department of Children and Family Services is empowered to cooperate with school officials to distribute in school buildings materials which list the toll-free telephone number established by the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. This information can also include the methods of making a report under the Act.

Changes to some boat safety registration information
(Public Act 100-469, House Bill 434)
Boats operated, used or stored in Illinois must have on board a valid certificate of number issued under the Boat Registration and Safety Act or another federally-approved numbering system. The identifying number must be displayed on both sides of the bow of the boat. Fees for obtaining these numbers will increase slightly, and expiration of certificates will be extended to September 30 of the relevant year instead of June 30. The legislation also limits the requirement for a certificate of title for watercraft required to be numbered to those over 21 feet, rather than all watercraft as in the current law.
Legislation sponsored by State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) to help generate more solar projects while protecting farmland now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature in order to become law. Rep. Meier anticipates his proposal will help create more solar energy jobs in the state.

“These commercial solar projects are coming in quickly and creating a lot of jobs,” said Rep. Meier. “Everything is different in their contracts. Establishing a uniform standard for commercial solar projects will help provide some standards for landowners and help make sure there is financial protection for decommissioning the projects. We want to make sure this is done right while protecting Illinois’ number one industry, agriculture.”

Senate Bill 2591 sponsored by Rep. Meier and supported by the Illinois Farm Bureau, will require commercial solar energy developers to enter into an agricultural impact mitigation agreement (AIMA) with the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA). The goal is to protect landowners and assure land impacted by construction and deconstruction be properly restored.

IDOA uses AIMAs to set minimum wind energy and utility construction standards on agricultural land, while landowners can negotiate additional easement requirements for their property.

Rep. Meier added, “Finding a way to help develop solar projects in our state and protect our farmland was a proposal I have worked on for quite some time. I anticipate this new law will prove beneficial to our state.”

The Illinois Senate approved legislation sponsored by State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) to alleviate concerns brought forth by local dairy farmers. In Illinois, dairy farms are getting hit with lower grades simply because an inspection report from the Division of Food, Drugs, and Dairy (FDD) is not clearly posted when health inspectors arrive at the farm. This has been an issue since the FDD changed the way they handle inspections last fall. For decades dairy farm inspectors would leave a copy of their inspection report for dairy farmers to keep in hand, but not since last fall.

“This bill will certainly correct the burden that dairy farmers are currently faced with,” said Rep. Meier. “Pending the Governor’s signature, this new law will require inspections to go back to the way they have been conducted for decades, requiring the inspector to leave a hard copy of the inspection report to the dairy farm following an inspection – it’s just common sense.”

The legislation (HB 4428) sponsored by Rep. Meier would allow dairy farms without access to computers or printers to hold a copy of the inspection report, which can eliminate needless inspection point deductions to a dairy farm. Rep. Meier’s legislation provides that the Department of Public Health or a unit of local government electing to administer and enforce the Act shall provide a dairy farm with a paper copy of the dairy farm's inspection report. 
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) welcomed the creation of two new “Opportunity Zones” in Clinton, Marion, and Washington Counties. The Opportunity Zones are aimed at boosting jobs and economic development in the region. The new zone in Clinton County begins along the eastern shores of Carlyle Lake, extending East to the border of Marion County, including Centralia and Central City. The Washington County zone stretches from I-64 in Nashville and goes as far south as Nixon Road.

According to State Rep. Charlie Meier, “Our region has a tremendous opportunity to create more jobs and more economic development. The creation of Opportunity Zones will allow for private tax-free investment in low-income areas with economic need. I’m excited about the possibilities this incentive will bring to southern Illinois.”

On Friday, May 18th, Governor Bruce Rauner announced 327 census tracts were submitted by the State of Illinois to the U.S. Treasury Department for consideration as Opportunity Zones. The U.S. Treasury Department approved the recommendations, as permitted by the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. 1,305 qualifying low-income census tracts were available for selection, of which only 25% could be nominated by the Governor for inclusion in the program. The zones cover more than 85 counties throughout the state and aim to support the future of Illinois through economic growth and investment.

For more information on Opportunity Zones, please visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) website here.

On Thursday, the Illinois House of Representatives adopted a resolution honoring our veterans by designating Old US 50 in Clinton County, Illinois as the “Clinton County Veterans Memorial Road”. House Joint Resolution 100 (HJR 100) sponsored by State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) passed unanimously in the House of Representatives.

“It is highly fitting that we pay honor and respect to the truly great individuals who have served our country and, in doing so, have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation,” said Rep. Meier. “Their sacrifice and service is a reminder that freedom is not free but comes at a cost. We should always remember the men and women who helped preserve the freedoms that we all enjoy.”

HJR 100 now heads to the Senate for approval. Upon passage in the Senate, the Illinois Department of Transportation will be directed to erect at suitable locations, consistent with state and federal regulations, appropriate plaques or signs giving notice of the name “Clinton County Veterans Memorial Road” along Old US 50 in Clinton County.
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) announced today that $52,627 in state-sponsored per capita grant money has been approved for libraries located in the 108th Legislative House District.

According to State Representative Charlie Meier, “Libraries serve the community in more ways than one.  Today’s library is not just about books, libraries offer computer and internet access, this can be helpful if you want to apply for a job online but don’t have access to a computer or internet at home. I’m happy to announce that eight libraries in my district will receive grant funding to help improve the service to the communities they serve.”

The Public Library Per Capita Grants Program was established to assist public libraries to improve and increase library services within their service areas. Grant amounts of up to $1.25 per person served are available, on an annual basis, to all Illinois local public libraries through an application process. The Equalization Grants Program was established to help public libraries with a low library tax base. By providing additional funding, these grants help ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.

Libraries within the 108th Legislative House District that will receive funds include; Breese Public Library for $5,552.50; Case-Halstead Public Library for $4,101.25; Germantown Public Library District for $2,403.75; Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library for $12,398.75; Nashville Public Library for $4,072.50; New Baden Public Library for $4,186.25; Trenton Public Library for $3,393.75; Tri-Township Public Library District for $16,518.75.

Per Capita Grant funding allows resources for expenses such as materials, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications and technology.

This week, State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) invited the All Saints Academy of Breese eighth grade girls’ volleyball team to the State Capitol to recognize their recent state championship victory. The Saints won the 2018 Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association (SIJHSAA) Class S State Championship.

“It is my honor to recognize the achievement of these young ladies,” said Meier. “Winning a state championship is an impressive accomplishment in its own right, but these young ladies did it in truly incredible fashion by going undefeated with a perfect record of 31-0. Congratulations to the Saints, their coaches and their families on this wonderful success.”

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) honored the Okawville High School varsity boys basketball team, the Rockets, on winning the 2017-2018 Illinois High School Association Class 1A State Championship during Tuesday’s session of the Illinois House of Representatives.

“I am extremely proud of the Okawville boys basketball team on winning their first state championship,” said Rep. Meier. “The dedication and hard work that took place in order to win a state championship is a skillset the team can carry-on throughout life. Congratulations to my hometown team, the Okawville Rockets on winning the state championship.”

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville), along with his House Republican colleagues recently co-sponsored House Resolution 975 to state their opposition to a proposed progressive income tax on Illinois residents. The Resolution was introduced by Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs).

“More taxes will not solve Illinois’ spending problem,” said Rep. Meier. “People are leaving our state as a result of having the highest tax burden in the country. We need to do more with less while growing our economy. More jobs, spending less, and no more taxes is the common sense approach my colleagues in the legislature should follow.”

Illinois already has the highest effective state and local tax burden in the nation, according to a report by WalletHub. Studies have shown that states with progressive income taxes create even more of a tax burden on the middle class and dissuade economic prosperity.

According to House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, “The General Assembly cannot continue spending money frivolously and expect Illinois taxpayers to pick up the tab with more tax increases like this progressive income tax proposal from the Democrat party. It is our constitutional duty to protect our constituents, and we will remain firm as a caucus on blocking any progressive tax measures.”


The Illinois House Judiciary Criminal Law Committee voted down legislation to allow non-resident active duty members and their spouse living in Illinois from obtaining a concealed carry license. The legislation sponsored by State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) would be helpful to service members and their families, particularly stationed at Scott Air Force Base.

“I have been pushing for this bill ever since ISIS put out their hit list on our current and former service members,” said Rep. Meier. “Our veterans put their lives at risk to protect our freedom, it’s common sense that we allow them to protect themselves and their family when they are in public.”

House Bill 4177 creates an exemption for non-resident active duty members of the Armed Forces or their spouses to apply for concealed carry licenses.  Provides that whether or not the laws of the state where the non-resident resides are substantially similar to Illinois, the Illinois State Police shall allow by rule a non-resident license application if the applicant is an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in this State or the spouse of an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in this State.

Rep. Meier added, “I won’t give up trying to make this bill become law – we owe it to our veterans. This bill has bipartisan support, it even passed the Illinois Senate last year. It’s a common sense bill to help those who protect us by offering them their Constitutional right to protect themselves and their families from danger.”


State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) wants the public to know that funding has been secured to repair the Baumann road bridge over I-70. The bridge has been an inconvenience to many local residents, resulting in emergency personnel and school buses having to take alternate routes.

“I am thrilled to announce the Baumann road bridge will be repaired,” said Rep. Meier. “I know it can’t happen soon enough for residents in Pierron. The closure has resulted in longer trips for everyone that relies on taking the bridge over I-70. I am glad I was able to get this project on the books and scheduled for completion this year.”

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the state is preparing plans to replace the bridge deck on Baumann Road over I-70 in Bond and Madison Counties. The project will be let for bids this spring and, weather permitting, it is anticipated construction will be completed by this fall.

The view additional road and bridge projects scheduled for completion for Fiscal Years 2018-2023 in Illinois House District 108 click here.

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) sponsored legislation to alleviate concerns brought forth by local dairy farmers. In Illinois, dairy farms are getting hit with lower grades simply because an inspection report from the Division of Food, Drugs, and Dairy (FDD) is not clearly posted when health inspectors arrive at the farm. This has been an issue since the FDD changed the way they handle inspections last fall. For decades dairy farm inspectors would leave a copy of their inspection report for dairy farmers to keep in hand, but not since last fall.
 
According to State Representative Charlie Meier, “the problem isn’t that dairy farms are not passing inspections, they are receiving the highest inspection grade for their milk – Grade A. However if their Grade A inspection report isn’t clearly posted when an inspector randomly shows up again and the inspector sees something minor he/or she doesn’t like, the dairy farm oftentimes receives a lower grade for their milk, even though their milk is still Grade A.”
 
The legislation (HB 4428) sponsored by Rep. Meier would allow dairy farms without access to computers or printers to hold a copy of the inspection report, which can eliminate needless inspection point deductions to a dairy farm. Rep. Meier’s legislation provides that the Department of Public Health or a unit of local government electing to administer and enforce the Act shall provide a dairy farm with a paper copy of the dairy farm's inspection report. 
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) honored the Bartelso Elementary School varsity boys basketball team on Tuesday, February 27th at the Illinois Capitol. The boys basketball team appeared before the House of Representatives and were recognized for winning the 2018 Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association (SIJHSAA) Class S State Championship. Rep. Meier introduced House Resolution 856 to recognize the accomplishments made by the Bartelso Braves and congratulated them on their victory during House Session and the Resolution was unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives.

“I was proud to welcome the Bartelso boys basketball team at the Capitol,” said Rep. Meier. “When I found out they won the state championship, I wanted to meet this historic team and congratulate them. The Bartelso boys accomplishments this season is something they should cherish forever. A perfect season doesn’t happen too often, that is something very special. I enjoyed having the team visit the state capitol and to take the time to meet with me, I wish them success in their future.”

The Braves defeated Carrier Mills by a score of 57-46 at the championship game at Rend Lake College on February 10, 2018, finishing the season with a perfect record of 32-0. They are the only boys basketball team in the history of Bartelso Elementary School to go undefeated, and they are the first boys basketball team from Bartelso to place in the State Championship Tournament.

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) filed legislation to address issues and prevent farmland problems stemming from the development of commercial solar energy projects. Rep. Meier anticipates his proposal will help create more solar energy jobs in the state.

“These commercial solar projects are coming in quickly and creating a lot of jobs,” said Rep. Meier. “Everything is different in their contracts. Establishing a uniform standard for commercial solar projects will help provide some standards for landowners and help make sure there is financial protection for decommissioning the projects. We want to make sure this is done right while protecting Illinois’ number one industry, agriculture.”

The legislation proposes requiring commercial solar energy developers to enter into an agricultural impact mitigation agreement (AIMA) with the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA). The goal is to protect landowners and assure land impacted by construction and deconstruction be properly restored. The legislation (HB 4651) is supported by the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB).

Meier estimated 57 solar development companies are working in 64 counties.
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) is hosting a farmland assessment meeting to discuss increasing property assessments.  The meeting will be held at Windows on Broadway, 401 Broadway, Highland, IL tomorrow February 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Due, in part, to a change in the Farmland Assessment Act, all farmland assessments will continue to go up.  The rate of increase will be largely dependent on the soil type.  Poorer soils can expect to see a higher than 10% increase while better producing soils can expect an increase of less than 10%.   This increase in assessed values will be reflected on the property tax bills payable in 2018 and for several years to come.

Representative Meier has invited Brenda Matherly, Assistant Director of Local Government with Illinois Farm Bureau®, to join him at this event and meet with landowners to explain how farmland assessments are calculated and the long-term impact on those values.

If anyone has a question about Thursday night’s meeting, please call Representative Meier’s District Office at 618-651-0405.
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) will host traveling office hours in Mascoutah on Friday, February 23 to meet with constituents that have issues or questions concerning state government.

“I enjoy scheduling traveling office hours to make it more convenient for residents in my district to meet with me. I look forward to visiting with residents in Mascoutah on February 23,” said Rep. Meier.

Rep. Meier will be available to meet with constituents from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, February 23 at Mascoutah City Hall, located at 3 West Main Street.

Traveling office hours are open to the public. Appointments are encouraged but not required, however scheduled meetings will take place in the order in which they were received. To schedule a meeting, please call Rep. Meier’s district office at 618-651-0405.

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) will host traveling office hours in Trenton on Friday, February 23 to meet with constituents that have issues or questions concerning state government.

“I enjoy scheduling traveling office hours to make it more convenient for residents in my district to meet with me. I look forward to visiting with residents in Trenton on February 23,” said Rep. Meier.

Rep. Meier will be available to meet with constituents from 10:00 am to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 23 at Trenton City Hall, located at 14 W Broadway.

Traveling office hours are open to the public. Appointments are encouraged but not required, however scheduled meetings will take place in the order in which they were received. To schedule a meeting, please call Rep. Meier’s district office at 618-651-0405.

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) filed legislation opposing any potential tax on the number of miles driven by Illinois motorists. A mileage tax placed on Illinois drivers continues to be a topic of discussion in the state legislature.

According to State Rep. Charlie Meier, “A vehicle mileage tax is outrageous, it would impose undue hardship and disproportionately impact rural Illinoisans who must drive longer distances to work and school. A tax on miles driven places a burden on downstate motorists, a proposal I cannot and will not support.”

The following mileage tax proposals under consideration would offer Illinois drivers a variety of bad options which include:
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) will host traveling office hours in Troy on Thursday, February 1 to meet with constituents that have issues or questions concerning state government.

“I enjoy scheduling traveling office hours to make it more convenient for residents in my district to meet with me. I look forward to visiting with residents in Troy on February 1,” said Rep. Meier.

Rep. Meier will be available to meet with constituents from 1:30 pm to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, at Troy City Hall, located at 116 E. Market St.

Traveling office hours are open to the public. Appointments are encouraged but not required, however scheduled meetings will take place in the order in which they were received. To schedule a meeting, please call 618-651-0405.
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) is pleased to announce that eight school districts in the 108th legislative district have been awarded funds from the School District Library Grant Program.

“This is great news for schools receiving the grant.” said Rep. Meier. “Over $11,000 have been awarded to eight schools in my district thanks to the School District Library Grant Program administered by the Secretary of State’s office.”

The School District Library Grant Program is designed to help provide more library books and materials for the students of public schools in Illinois. The state legislature has authorized up to a $.75 per pupil expenditure for qualifying schools. The grant award is based on funds appropriated by the General Assembly and the official enrollment as of the previous September 30th of a school district.

Bartelso Elementary School District #57
Bartelso
$750.00
Central Community High School District #71
Breese
$750.00
Highland CUSD #5
Highland
$2,070.00
Mascoutah CUD #19
Mascoutah
$2,762.25
Nashville CCD #49
Nashville
$750.00
Nashville CHSD #99
Nashville
$750.00
Wesclin CUSD #3
Trenton
$750.00
Triad C.U.D. #2
Troy
$2,698.50


Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino released an audit regarding the oversight of group homes for the developmentally disabled by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and it’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The audit released on December 21st contains a total of 13 recommendations to the OIG and DHS.

“It’s horrific to hear the state confirm allegations of abuse and neglect have increased 50 percent over the past 8 years,” said Rep. Meier. “This is exactly why I continue to advocate for better oversight and care of our developmentally disabled. If we don’t speak up and advocate for change, then who will? I won’t give up fighting for our most vulnerable.”

The Department of Human Services Act (Act) requires the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect that occur in mental health and developmental disability facilities operated by the Department of Human Services (DHS). The Act also requires the OIG to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect that occur in community agencies licensed, certified, or funded by DHS to provide mental health and developmental disability services.
Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) filed legislation on Wednesday to repeal the recent 32 percent income tax hike. The current income tax rate in Illinois is 4.95 percent and 7 percent for employers. Rep. Meier’s bill would roll back the income tax to 3.75% on taxable income and 5.25% for employers. Meier’s legislation would reduce the tax burden placed on individuals and families while saving thousands of Illinois jobs.

According to United Van Lines’ 41st Annual National Movers Study released on January 2nd, in 2017, more residents moved out of Illinois than any other state with 63 percent of moves being outbound.

“Our state continues to lose population because of higher taxes and fewer jobs,” said Rep. Meier. “We need more jobs and less taxes in our state which is why I filed a bill to reduce taxes on individuals and businesses. I voted against the final bill which forced the recent 32 percent income tax hike onto Illinois taxpayers. The state must learn to live with less instead of reaching into the pocketbooks of working families and small businesses.”