Friday, April 06, 2007

Illinois Pork Producers Make Voice Heard

The Illinois Pork Producers recently went to the state capitol Springfield to talk with various legislators about agriculture issues. They also expressed strong opposition to Governor Rod Blagojevich's Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) plan to raise over $7.6 billion in new taxes.

“The world is run by those who show up and we’re going to make an impact downtown today because of those who showed up,” Rick Dean, president of Illinois Pork PAC and past president of the Illinois Pork Producers Association, said to the group gathered at the Springfield Hilton Hotel."

"The major item of the day was voicing opposition to the proposed gross receipts tax. The tax, proposed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich would provide an estimated $6 billion for schools and universal health care. The gross receipts tax would require traditional Illinois goods producing businesses, including manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and construction, to pay a half of 1 percent rate on their total revenue.“It’s not so much that we’re all million-dollar producers,” Ogle County pork producer Brent Scholl of Polo told Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford. Scholl and fellow IPPA member Carrie Pollard, who lives in Syverson’s district, visited the senator in his office. “It’s more about what’s going to be passed on to us in feed and other items. That tax is going to be put on us.”Scholl said he also sees the issue from another angle."

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