Watchdog Praises Pritzker Budget, Frowns on Gas-Tax Freeze

Watchdog Praises Pritzker Budget, Frowns on Gas-Tax Freeze

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A respected tax and budget watchdog is praising the Illinois governor’s budget proposal for cautious spending and paying bills.

But the Civic Federation on Thursday took a dim view of Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposal to fight inflation by sparing consumers a few dollars at the gas pump.

Federation president Laurence Msall noted that unexpected rebounds in tax revenue provide relief for the state. He said Pritzker is prudently paying down debt and building reserves.

But he said his inflation-fighting plan to freeze the motor fuel tax is shortsighted. It’s indexed to inflation and would increase 2 cents in July.

Msall said halting that increase would hinder much needed repairs to roads and bridges.

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