SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is undaunted by the task of convincing taxpayers to swallow $1.8 billion in new and increased taxes to pay for a massive state construction program .
The Democrat told reporters Wednesday that increased in motor fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees and new taxes on such things as video streaming and ride-sharing are necessary to fix a crumbling infrastructure.
Pritzker has floated a $41.5 billion plan for roads , bridges, schools and more over six years.
House Democratic Leader Greg Harris of Chicago says tangible results like smooth roads make the taxes an easier sell. But Assistant Senate GOP Leader Dave Syverson of Rockford says some of Pritzker’s revenue ideas are unpopular. He says a proposed expansion of casino gambling is necessary to shore up the plan.