Pritzker’s grocery tax plan is ‘zero benefit to taxpayers,’ GOP senator says

(The Center Square) – The conflict over how to address getting rid of Illinois’ 1% grocery tax continues with Republicans saying their plan should be considered.

In 2022, as a way to address high inflation, the legislature zeroed out the 1% grocery tax for 12 months. This year, Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to get rid of it altogether, but local governments say that could mean a $375 million hit. Tuesday, Pritzker laid out his plan to cover that.

“It will be brought up in the General Assembly, the ability for communities to reimpose that tax if they want to,” Pritzker said. “I would not suggest it. I think that it is not proper to be taxing food.”

State Sen. Don DeWitte, R-St. Charles, said the governor and Democrats were concerned in 2022 about how to backfill the lost revenue to local governments.

“Three-hundred and twenty-three million dollars is a significant amount of
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