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Rep. Meier files bill to reduce income tax

Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) filed legislation on Wednesday to repeal the recent 32 percent income tax hike. The current income tax rate in Illinois is 4.95 percent and 7 percent for employers. Rep. Meier’s bill would roll back the income tax to 3.75% on taxable income and 5.25% for employers. Meier’s legislation would reduce the tax burden placed on individuals and families while saving thousands of Illinois jobs. According to United Van Lines’ 41st Annual National Movers Study released on January 2nd, in 2017, more residents moved out of Illinois than any other state with 63 percent of moves being outbound. “Our state continues to lose population because of higher taxes and fewer jobs,” said Rep. Meier. “We need more jobs and less taxes in our state which is why I filed a bill to reduce taxes on individuals and businesses. I voted against the final bill which forced the recent 32 percent income tax hike onto Illinois taxpayers. The state must learn to live with less instead of reaching into the pocketbooks of working families and small businesses.” Continue reading

Rep. Meier Co-Sponsors Bill to Oppose Public Funding of Obama Presidential Library

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) recently chief co-sponsored legislation (HR 627) opposing the use of an estimated $100 million in state tax dollars to fund the Obama Presidential Library in Illinois.“Our hard earned tax dollars in southern Illinois should not be used to fund the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago,” said Rep. Meier. “Obama should be able to raise enough private funds without having to rely on state tax dollars to fund a library touting his eight years in office. I can’t and will not support a bill in the General Assembly that funds the Obama library.” Continue reading

Rep. Meier sponsors resolution encouraging Amazon to call Illinois HQ2 home

Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) recently sponsored a resolution to welcome and encourage Amazon to consider locating their second company headquarters (HQ2) in Illinois.On September 7, 2017 Amazon announced plans to open a second company headquarters in North America known as HQ2. Amazon requested proposals from state and local governments for HQ2 and have received 238 proposals from state and local governments from throughout the North America, including multiple bids from Illinois and the St. Louis region.According to State Representative Charlie Meier, “I truly believe Illinois and the bi-state region can meet the needs of Amazon’s second headquarters. We have everything Amazon is looking for in terms of location to an International airport, railroads, public transit, roads and land for HQ2 to meet their needs and wants.” Continue reading

Rep. Meier Co-Sponsors ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) co-sponsored the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” to prohibit units of government in Illinois from using taxpayer funds for elective abortions, reversing key provisions of the recently enacted House Bill 40.“I’m opposed to taxpayer funding of abortions and I support the right to life,” said Rep, Meier. “It is estimated that Illinois taxpayers could end up paying 75% of the state’s 40,000 annual elective abortions. The state can’t even pay its current bills, we should not spend $30 million in tax dollars on 30,000 abortions annually.” Continue reading