IL Freedom Caucus Calls Out Speaker Chris Welch for Blocking ‘Invest in Kids’ Legislation (Springfield, IL) — The IL Freedom Caucus today issued the following statement on Illinois House Speaker Chris Welch’s decision to prevent legislation to extend the Invest in Kids program to be voted on during the final week of the Veto Session:
“Speaker Welch has let down tens of thousands of kids by blocking legislation to extend the Invest in Kids program. There were as many as 35 House Democrats ready to vote for the program (more than enough to pass the bill) had Speaker Welch called the legislation for a vote. The program has handed out nearly 50,000 scholarships since the program launched in the 2018-2019 school year. It has been an effective tool in helping kids – especially low-income kids – escape failing schools.
Illinois spends more than $8 billion on education and the greedy, self-serving teachers’ unions went to war to stop a program that at most would provide $75 million in scholarships. The Invest in Kids program did not utilize public taxpayer money. The money came from private donors who received a 75 percent tax credit for their donations. The Invest in Kids program has been a lifeline for families all across the state. Today, Speaker Welch showed his true priorities are to take care of insiders at the expense of everyone else. It is sad day for Illinois kids.”
The Illinois Freedom Caucus is comprised of State Representatives Chris Miller (R-Hindsboro), chairman; Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City), vice-chairman; Adam Niemerg (R-Dieterich); Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville); Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur); Jed Davis (R-Newark) and David Friess (R-Red Bud). The members of the Illinois Freedom Caucus are members of the Illinois General Assembly who are advocating for limited government, lower taxes and accountability, and integrity in government.
IL Freedom Caucus Calls Out Speaker Chris Welch for Blocking ‘Invest in Kids’ Legislation