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koehler 012820SPRINGFIELD – More affordable property taxes, an ambitious plan to soften the effect of the increased minimum wage on local businesses and ethics reforms that target the culture of corruption in Springfield will be among State Senator Dave Koehler’s (D-Peoria) top legislative priorities for the upcoming year, he announced today.

“It’s vital that we continue to what we can to protect working families, first and foremost,” Koehler said. “Easing the property tax burden, assisting thoseby power plant closures and ensuring a smooth transition for small businesses ahead of future minimum wage increases are all feasible steps we can take to continue working on their behalf.”

Among Koehler’s top priorities for the spring legislative session:

  • Property tax reform
  • Seamless implementation of the $45 billion infrastructure plan
  • Ethics reform
  • Transition of communities harmed by power plant closures
  • Minimum Wage Impact relief for small businesses and not-for-profits
  • Addressing the rising debt of state pension plans

“The bipartisan $45 billion infrastructure plan we passed last year is just the beginning of what we can accomplish when we work together,” Koehler said. “This upcoming session will be about building on that success. Though we accomplished a great deal, our work is far from done. It’s no secret that serious problems in our state remain unsolved.”

Lawmakers return to Springfield today for the beginning of the legislative session.