SPRINGFIELD, IL (HOI) – State lawmakers are working on a capital spending plan with two weeks left before they are set to adjourn for the summer.
Illinois hasn’t seen a major capital spending plan since 2009. This year, Governor JB Pritzker’s plan is called “Rebuild Illinois.”
The plan would spend $41.5 billion over the next six years. That includes about $29 billion for transportation, $6 billion for education and $4.4 billion for deferred maintenance projects.
Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) says the new plan is exciting, but he hoped it could have come sooner to allow more work to be done on roads and bridges.
“We’ve kind of missed the construction season this year. We should have done this in February if we were going to actually be relevant to this year,” said Koehler. “But it’s important we do it right, we do it thoroughly.”
But, how will the state get the money for those projects?
People are already talking about higher taxes on gas and vehicle registration fees, but there are several other ideas. Some introduced in this plan include higher taxes for liquor and beer, a new state tax on ride-sharing like Uber and even a tax for using parking garages.