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Chicago–Taxpayers United of America (TUA) president Jim
Tobin, today criticized Illinois Governor Jay Robert “J. B.” Pritzker’s
response to COVID-19.
“Pritzker is killing the Illinois economy,” said Tobin. “On
March 25, Pritzker announced he was considering extending the statewide
lockdown, and the continued closure of all businesses he deemed
“If the lockdown is extended as is, the Illinois middle
class will be devastated. Unlike government employees, taxpayers have to worry
if their jobs will still be there after the lockdown. One taxpayer wrote to me,
telling how he lost his job of 11 years, and that his former employer would
likely close its doors soon. The virus didn’t do that. Pritzker did.”
“Pritzker needs to use his emergency powers to slash taxes
to support those struggling in Illinois. Tax cuts will especially be needed if
he extends his lockdown order. I know Representatives in the Illinois State
House, including Allen Skillicorn (R-66, Crystal Lake), have
come forward with a list of actions needed to defend the Illinois economy against
the worst of Pritzker’s lockdown. Their proposed sales tax holiday will be
particularly useful in getting Illinois moving again.”
“Pushing back the state income tax deadline to that of the
new federal income tax deadline is not enough. Taxpayers need immediate relief,
and the defeat of all new tax increases, including the November 3 Income Theft
Amendment, are necessary for recovery.”
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The huge amount of money planned to fight the coronavirus in the U.S., currently reported to be as much as $2 trillion, may not only be unnecessary, but could cripple the U.S. economy for decades, according to economist Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).
“The media continues to spread gloom and doom, with the result that U.S. citizens are freaking out,” said Tobin. “And politicians in the federal government are afraid for their jobs and don’t have the guts to control spending for fear voters will think they are not taking the virus seriously.”
“Yet the news is not all bad. Consumer advocate and financial advisor Dave Ramsey has disclosed a number of facts that should encourage optimism.”
- China has closed all 16 temporary coronavirus hospitals in Wuhan; not enough new cases to support them.
in India have successfully treated an Italian coronavirus patient using
Lopinavir, Ritonavir, Oseltamivir and Chloroquine.
in Rotterdam and Utrecht University are first in the world to discover
an antibody preventing an infection by coronavirus.
- Apple has reopened all 42 of its stores in China.
- Cleveland Clinic has developed a test that gives results in hours, not days.
- The number of new cases in South Korea is declining.
- Multiple potential coronavirus vaccines are being developed and tested, with at least three in the U.S.
“It’s time Washington paused to consider the potential damage to our civil liberties and national economy, not to mention maybe wiping out most small business in every state. Americans have weathered and overcome numerous catastrophes, and this is not the time to panic and spend the country into bankruptcy.”
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notable law professor dismantled the argument of Ill. Gov. Jay Robert “J. B.”
Pritzker (D), who argued that pension reform involving reduced government
pensions violates the U.S. Constitution’s contracts clause.
Mark D. Rosen, University Distinguished Professor of Law at
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, writing in Crain’s,
stated that Pritzker is wrong, and that a long line of U.S. Supreme Court cases
holds that the Constitution’s prohibition on impairing the obligation of
contracts is not absolute.
“Pritzker’s argument is not based on law, but is the result
of pressure by government-employee unions and government bureaucrats,” said Jim
Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).
The Court had stated that “we must attempt to reconcile the
strictures of the Contract Clause with the essential attribute of sovereign
power…necessarily reserved by the States to safeguard the welfare of their
Rosen states that “Common sense suggests that maintaining
the state’s viability so it can provide adequate education and health care and
public safety might likewise be sufficiently important to allow impairments.”
Rosen concluded, “…Pritzker should not invoke the U.S.
Constitution as an excuse for not considering a state constitutional
“Rather than bankrupting the state’s middle class with a
huge graduated income tax increase this November, it’s time Pritzker was honest
with his Income Theft Amendment,” said Tobin. “Illinois government pensions
cannot be fixed with tax increases. True pension reform has to be based on
reforming the lavish, gold-plated government-employee pension plans.”