Lawmakers Davis, Brady say businesses need help to recover from pandemic
Lenore Sobota Mar 18, 2020
Brady, a Bloomington Republican, said he talked with Gov. J.B. Pritzker Tuesday morning and the governor’s office is looking into possibly delaying Friday’s due date for businesses pay state sales taxes — a so-called “tax holiday.”
That was among actions business owners have requested in phone calls to Brady’s office and at a meeting of bar and restaurant owners Monday attended by Brady.
Davis, a Republican from Taylorville, is confident a bipartisan economic package passed by the House will soon gain approval from the Senate. Because Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has been working closely on the measure, Davis said he expects it to get President Donald Trump’s signature once it is passed by both the Senate and House.
Among provisions in the bill are money for COVID-19 testing; emergency nutritional assistance for senior citizens, women, children and low-income families; a tax credit to reimburse employers for providing 14 days of paid leave; and money for the Internal Revenue Service to administer tax credits.
“Government stimulus packages sometimes overlook small businesses. We’re going to work to make sure they aren’t forgotten,” said Davis. “We need to ensure we’re not going to leave them behind.”
Large industries, including the airline industry, will need help, too, said Davis.
He observed a “tremendous drop” in the number of people at the airport in Washington, D.C., in one week’s time. His flight back to Chicago had fewer than a quarter of the passengers it would usually have, he said.