Rep. Niemerg: Illinois budget places far-left priorities above needs of working people

Dieterich, IL – State Representative Adam Niemerg (R-Dieterich) is calling out the majority party’s misguided priorities in the final state budget that raises taxes while directing hundreds of millions of dollars to fund programs and services for illegals.

The Fiscal Year 2025 budget allocates $53.1 billion in spending and is being propped up by approximately $750 million in tax increases. The budget includes electric vehicle subsidies, abortion services funding, and pay raises for lawmakers. This budget contains over $1 billion in spending on non-citizens. 

“Working families are struggling to heat and cool their homes and pay for groceries and we are giving legislators a 5 percent pay increase,” Niemerg said. “This budget prioritizes the Democrats’ far left agenda and does nothing to help working people. The budget is nothing more than a goodie bag for the woke left.”

Niemerg noted the budget spends more than three times the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs budget on illegal immigrants.

“I understand why people want to come to the United States, but we have laws, and those laws should be enforced,” Niemerg said. “This spending is not sustainable. We must put our own citizens first. The idea that we would spend three times what we spend on services for veterans on programs for illegals shows the lack of empathy for our own citizens. The only thing that matters to the far-left is their woke agenda and they will stop at nothing to advance their policies. We deserve better.”