April is tax season. That means Uncle Sam dips into our pockets and takes far more than his fair share. But the Department of Labor just made it even more difficult for workers to get ahead.
“And the bill is passed.”
When that phrase is spoken, followed by the distinct strike of the Speaker’s gavel, it proclaims that the people’s House has fulfilled another promise made to the American people.
This month, farmers across Illinois will begin to harvest their crops.
About 6.5 million Americans are addicted to it. Seventy-eight people die each day across our nation because of it. Last year, law enforcement in the 18th District of Illinois alone seized over 246 pounds of it. Almost 1,000 doses of lifesaving Narcan were provided to residents in Peoria and Tazewell counties to treat it.
It usually starts out harmlessly. Painkillers are prescribed to individuals who need them and may be unaware of their addictive nature. Other times physicians are pressured to alleviate a patient’s pain to maintain approval ratings. Quickly and unintentionally, people get addicted. If those prescription opioids become unavailable, heroin is there.
It usually starts out harmless. Painkillers are prescribed to individuals who need them. Sometimes patients may be unaware of the addictive nature of these prescribed opiates, other times physicians are pressured to completely alleviate a patient’s pain to maintain approval ratings. Quickly and unintentionally, they get addicted.
As a new congressman and member of the House Natural Resources Committee, I am humbled by the opportunity to bring the priorities and concerns of central Illinois to Washington, D.C.
When we think of the ‘80s, we think of Back to the Future, electro-pop music and amusing fashion trends. For some of us, the ‘80s do not feel like that long ago—but the truth is that mix tapes, computers without the Internet and VCRs are all in the past. Many things have improved since the 1980s, but, sadly, our tax code is not one of them.
It’s May 1st, and that means that tax season — when Uncle Sam dips into our pockets and takes far more than his fair share — is behind us. But the Department of Labor just made it even more difficult for workers to get ahead.