Pritzker vetoes retroactive tax break for private jet parts
Bill passed both chambers with overwhelming majorities
Last updated 11/26/2019 at 6:07pm
Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday vetoed a bill that would have provided a sales
tax exemption on the sale of private jet parts and components retroactive to 2010 and continuing
House Bill 3902 cleared the state House on Oct. 30 by a vote of 113-0, with one member voting
"present." It passed the Senate Nov. 14 by a vote of 48-1.
Sen. Rachelle Crowe, a Glen Carbon Democrat and lead sponsor of the bill in the Senate, argued that the
tax exemption had been on the books for years but was allowed to lapse with almost nobody noticing.
As a result, she said, aircraft repair companies continued not charging their customers for the tax, and
she said it would be "absurd" to ask those companies to go back and collect it from their customers
Pritzker, however, said in a statement that those companies owe $50 million in past-due taxes, interest
and penalties. He said the bill would not only forgive that debt but would provide another $10 million in
tax breaks in each of the next five years.
"Giving private aircraft companies tens of millions of dollars in past due tax forgiveness is not the right
fiscal decision for our state as we face billions in debt associated with unpaid bills, a multi-billion-dollar
structural deficit, and critical needs in schools and public safety services," Pritzker said in his veto