House Approves Rolling Back Fees Passed in Last Budget Year

By: 23 Newsroom
By: 23 Newsroom

State lawmakers want to roll back some of the business fees they increased last year, even as Gov. Blagojevich's new budget plan includes another round of hikes.

The House voted 90 to 7 Friday to roll back two fee hikes that were opposed vigorously by trucking companies last year.

The two increases prompted some companies to cut jobs and leave or threaten to leave Illinois.

Supporters of the rollbacks say they are unfair and hurt the state's business climate, but opponents argue the state can't afford to make up at least $92 million the fees generated to patch a massive budget hole.

The bill now heads to the Senate, and Blagojevich's opposition makes its passage there uncertain.


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