Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s re-election ad praises him for fictional tax relief, hinting he repealed the grocery tax and lowered the gas tax. Neither is true.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker is touting his temporary tax relief in a new campaign ad. The ad credits him with helping Illinoisans pay less in gas taxes, which they don’t.
The ad boasts Pritzker’s tax policies are “helping us pay less for the things we buy every day.”
Gas prices are down in Illinois, but not because of reduced gas taxes. Pritzker didn’t lower the gas tax, he just delayed this year’s automatic increase until January 2023. That means Illinoisans will continue paying 39.2 cents a gallon this year, then face two automatic hikes in 2023 expected to take the tax up to 45.2 cents per gallon.
Despite what Pritzker claims in an ad, Illinoisans still pay the second-highest gas taxes in the nation, up from 10th highest before he doubled the tax. Pritzker hiked the gas tax to 38 cents from 19 cents in 2019. On top of that, he implemented automatic annual gas tax hikes so lawmakers never again can be held responsible for their votes to raise gas taxes.