Proposed gas-tax hike is a non-starter for Miller
Republican state Rep. Chris Miller (R-Oakland) leaves no question where he stands on the issue of a new gas tax that would double the current state rate and make Illinois home to the second-highest overall gas burden in the country.
“I’m 100-percent opposed to any tax increase of any kind until we address our spending problem,” Miller told East Central Reporter. “On top of that, Springfield has a track record of not being able to tell the truth when it comes to spending money for what it’s supposed to be for. Why would anyone believe them this time around?”
In addition to raising the state gas tax from 19 cents to 38 cents beginning in July, Senate Bill 103 would also see the gas tax rise each year based on a formula tied to inflation and see annual license-plate fees skyrocket by at least $50.
Suburban drivers could be hit even harder, with the bill paving the way for such counties as Lake, Will, McHenry, DuPage and Kane to hike gas taxes by as much as 4 cents a gallon.
“We’ve been told over and over more taxing will fix everything and it never has,” Miller added. “It’s time for people on other side to act responsibly. Any times Democrats are in charge they tax, borrow and spend until they break government. It always circles back to the middle-class being the ones most hurt.”
This time around, Miller, who won the 110th District in November with 60 percent of the vote, said the people downstate could be the ones hurt most of all.
“Down here, people have to drive everywhere,” he said. “We can’t jump on a Metra Train or take an Uber ride. Raising the gas tax really makes a difference when you have to drive 30 miles just to get back and forth to work.”
The 110th House District includes Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Edgar and Lawrence counties.