JB Pritzker near bottom of ALEC Economic Freedom Ranking of Governors | Illinois

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(The Center Square) – Illinois Governor JB Pritzker scores poorly in a new ranking of the country’s governors on their economic policy performance.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has published its Economic Freedom Report 2021: Ranking America’s 50 Governors and ranked Pritzker 47th in the country, or fourth worst.

The report’s authors said governors, state legislators and taxpayers can use the 12 criteria to determine which areas of state policy need improvement, and chief economist Jonathon Williams said Pritzker left room for improvement.

“Whether it’s the massive amount of debt with Illinois public pension liabilities, whether we’re looking at corporate income taxes, personal income, on the line of all the things we measure” , Williams said.

A new measure used this year by ALEC is how states spend their windfall from federal pandemic relief tax funds.

“This ranking involves whether states are moving in the right direction of lowering taxes and becoming more competitive through job creation or whether they are looking for ways to permanently expand government with new employees and programs that will last much longer than federal dollars that are temporary. in the wild,” Williams said.

Some states use their ARPA dollars to pay off all of their unemployment debt. Illinois is currently facing a $4.5 billion hole in its Unemployment Insurance fund after many workers lost their jobs in 2020. The Illinois House on Wednesday night passed a measure spending $2.7 billion in federal tax dollars on unemployment insurance debt. This measure is ready for the Illinois Senate.

State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, said more needs to be done.

“That $2 billion, my friends, is a far cry from the amount of money we need to replenish the fund and continue to grow the fund so that there are benefits to be paid out,” Rezin said during a recent debate.

Williams adds that the Illinois actually stopped Pritzker from arriving last.

“The voters of Illinois stopped him from becoming 50th if they had passed the progressive income tax that was on the ballot recently and I know he advocated very strongly for it “Williams said.

Illinoisans firmly rejected the progressive tax by a 55% to 45% vote in the November 2020 election.

According to the report, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Utah Governor Spencer Cox, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, all Republicans, were the top three governors in the country. Colorado Governor Jared Polis, a Democrat, and Idaho Governor Brad Little, a Republican, round out the top five.

The bottom three behind Pritzker were all Democrats, including California Governor Gavin Newsom, Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee and, in last place, New Mexico Governor Michelle Grisham.

“Every American deserves an efficient, effective, accountable government that puts the people in control,” said Reagan economist Dr. Arthur Laffer. “The Governor’s Dashboard informs citizens of how their governors are performing against all governors and ensures they have factual, nonpartisan information to help them vote with their ballot or with their feet. “

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