State Sen. Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) says in light of a recent report that Illinois state and local governments waste $100 million annually, lawmakers need to refocus spending on issues that bring tangible improvements.
“The simple truth is that the state of Illinois does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem,” Wilcox told the McHenry Times in an interview. “A serious spending problem.”
To back up his assertion, Wilcox said that despite receiving revenue of $32.4 billion last year, the Office of Management and Budget showed a shortfall of $5.7 billion.
Wilcox, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, is running for the District 32 state Senate seat to which GOP leaders appointed him in October. His opponent is Democrat Mary Mahady.
Government overspending captured attention after the Illinois Policy Institute published a recent report detailing approximately $100 million in what it calls waste, about a third of which are pork projects lacking wide appeal. One of line items was $2 million in annual lobbying fees paid by local governments.
“I find it outrageous that these cash-strapped municipalities have to spend so much money on lobbyists, especially when it is clear that their efforts are not leading to any improvements in local tax burdens,” Wilcox said. “Perhaps if municipalities were not giving tax dollars away to lobbyists, they would have more resources to run their local governments more efficiently.