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Resolution on Foster’s Payer State Legislation Introduced in Illinois State Senate

Oct 22, 2015
Press Release

Aurora, IL – On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, State Senator Pat McGuire introduced Senate Resolution 1102, urging the United States Congress to pass Congressman Foster’s Payer State Transparency Act.

Every year, tens of billions of dollars leave Illinois in the form of federal taxes, yet the state receives only a fraction of those resources in federal spending. Foster introduced the Payer State Transparency Act in September of 2014 to study how resources provided by “Payer States” are divided up between “Taker States.” Foster has also formed the bipartisan Payer State Caucus with Representative Scott Garrett of New Jersey to study and find solutions to the Payer State Problem.

“I hope the Illinois State Senate will follow the lead of Senator McGuire and the Illinois House of Representatives and recognize the Payer State Problem as a major issue contributing to our state’s fiscal difficulties,” Foster said. 

“Washington's method of apportioning federal funds to states, like Illinois' tax structure, belongs in a museum,” Senator McGuire said. “I'm gathering support in the Illinois Senate for Rep. Bill Foster's thoughtful, bi-partisan push to modernize the process and get Illinois its fair share.”

Foster reintroduced the Payer State Transparency Act on February 5, 2015 for the 114th Congress. Earlier this year, Illinois House Resolution 0209, also urging Congress to pass Foster’s legislation, was introduced by Representatives Natalie Manley, Larry Walsh, Jr., and Linda Chapa LaVia. HR0209 passed unanimously on May 30, 2015.