Pritzker Plans to Steal Federal Relief Funds From Illinois Small Businesses

Pritzker Plans to Steal Federal Relief Funds From Illinois Small Businesses

Rather than help struggling small businesses and the thousands of Illinoisans that rely on those businesses staying afloat, Pritzker would rather put his interests first to fill the state’s bottom line.

January 11, 2021

The same Illinois small businesses that have been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic are now on the chopping block to lose the federal relief funds that Congress passed last spring. Governor Pritzker is planning on stealing those federal relief funds from Illinois small businesses in an attempt to fill the state’s budget deficit.

WCIA: Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a plan to withhold federal COVID-19 relief funds from small businesses to help fill the state budget deficit.

Illinois businesses and employees have taken a huge hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. From October to November, Illinois lost 20,000 jobs and the state’s 6.9% unemployment rate is above the national average.

The state’s budget deficit has worsened over the last year due to Governor Pritzker’s fiscal mismanagement. Last spring, Governor Pritzker, Madigan and the Democrats in Springfield passed a budget that was nothing more than smoke and mirrors and relied on the passage of his tax hike amendment, which was overwhelmingly rejected by voters in November, as well as a federal bailout for states. As we now know, the hopes and dreams that Pritzker and the Democrats built their budget on never came to fruition, leaving a huge hole in the state’s budget.

Rather than help struggling small businesses and the thousands of Illinoisans that rely on those businesses staying afloat, Pritzker would rather put his interests first to fill the state’s bottom line.

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