Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-Oak Park) filed a bill last week that would ban you from pumping your own gas anywhere in Illinois.
Now, I’m guessing that will be too controversial even in Illinois so the bill won’t get far, but it tells us something about the mentality of some of our lawmakers.
Does Lilly have any idea what her bill would add to the price of gas? Does she care? Does she know how regressive the cost would be – how much of poor and working class paychecks already go into their gas tanks?
Last week in Crain’s Governor Pritzker wrote that “we are making enormous strides forward to alleviate the tax burden on middle-class working families.”
Really? Who is? They’ve gone tone deaf. Does he think the working class doesn’t know they’re paying more in parking taxes, gas taxes, vehicle registrations, trailer licenses, cigarette taxes, gambling and dope taxes?
Does he think they won’t figure out that his proposed Fair Tax doesn’t cut taxes for them?
They’ve lost touch.
UPDATE 2/12/19: Rep. Lilly now says this on Twitter:
HB4571 is concept legislation that creates safety and convenience at the pump. It is not intended to pass as is. The bill seeks to create options for self-service, service by gas station attendant, and jobs. Input is valuable to shape into legislation the people of IL desire.
Bunk! Read the bill yourself here. She filed for a flat-out ban on pumping your own gas.