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Ill. Gov. Jay Robert “J. B.” Pritzker is so worried that his income theft amendment to the Ill. Constitution will go down to defeat on November 3 that he is threatening to raise the state flat-rate income tax if his amendment doesn’t pass, said Jim Tobin, economist and president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).

“Not only is Pritzker trying to intimidate his constituents,” said Tobin, “but he doesn’t have the guts to do it himself. He had his minion, Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, do his threatening for him.”

Stratton announced that Illinois lawmakers would have no other choice but to increase the state’s income tax by 20% if voters didn’t approve Pritzker’s amendment.

“Stratton’s threatened increase on behalf of Pritzker would raise the state income tax rate by $4 billion to 5.94%. This would be the highest personal income tax rate in Illinois history. This threat by Pritzker, through his mouthpiece Stratton, is unconscionable,” said Tobin.

“Cutting state spending is one obvious solution, but that put out of work government bureaucrats who vote as a bloc for Democrats like Pritzker.”

“The ultimate solution to the state’s fiscal problems would be for Pritzker’s thugs in the general assembly to sponsor a state constitutional amendment that would enable cutting back the lavish, gold-plated pensions that are making pension millionaires out of retired government employees. But, to state Democrats, this solution is unthinkable.”

‘Rather than trying to prevent the state from going down the drain, Pritzker is relentless in his support of converting the state income tax into a graduated income tax, which would destroy the state’s middle class. If the amendment is approved by voters, the corrupt general assembly could – and would – raise the rates for the various income levels as frequently and as high as they want.”

“Additionally, the state corporate income tax rate would jump from 9.5% to 10.49%, making it the third-highest corporate income tax rate in the country, driving even more small businesses out of the state.”

“Illinois has had some rotten apples for governors, but now, Pritzker is turning out to be the worst governor in the history of Illinois.”


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The proposed state constitutional amendment on the November 3 ballot, endorsed by Ill. Gov. Jay Robert “J. B.” Pritzker, would make the Illinois corporate income tax the third-highest in the country, said Jim Tobin, economist and president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).

“Pritzker’s income theft amendment would change the Illinois state income tax from a flat rate tax to a graduated income tax,” said Tobin. “The state corporate income tax rate would jump from 9.5% to 10.49%, making it the third-highest corporate income tax rate in the country.”

“Another name for Pritzker’s proposed tax hike would be the Job Killer Tax. Taxpayers and companies are fleeing the state for states with lower taxes. The state’s population is dropping. The state economy is sick, and the state government is essentially bankrupt. Yet ‘J. B.’ wants to raise taxes even higher, which would crush small businesses already struggling from the impact of Pritzker’s soviet style lockdown.”

“What’s worse, Springfield politicians could raise the tax rates for each income level whenever they want, and as much as they want. You can be sure they will raise tax rates as sure as the sun will come up tomorrow.”

“The vote on the Pritzker theft amendment on November 3 will determine whether or not Illinois has a future. I urge all taxpayers to vote on this issue. There won’t be a second chance for Illinois.”


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Springfield, IL – “Government pensions are growing like weeds and, like weeds, are choking out the very taxpayers who fund them,” said Jim Tobin, economist and president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).

“Springfield and Sangamon county taxpayers pay some of the highest property taxes in the country. Property taxes fund the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) and by law the IMRF must be funded before any other bills can be paid. This means that taxes are funding those lavish, gold-plated pensions and leaving little for services needed today.”

“Sangamon County property taxes have increased 49% more than home values from 1996 to 2016. Taxes are literally stealing from the average taxpayers’ largest asset and retirement nest egg: the family home.”

“Springfield tax-raisers have recently hiked the telecom tax 25% and expanded the hotel tax as well as increasing the sales tax from 8.5% to 8.75%, and this hasn’t made a dent in the huge hole that these government pensions put in the budget.”

The remaining five state pension funds are subsidized with the Illinois state income tax. Some retirees from the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) and the IMRF also receive Social Security pensions. The current average Social Security pension is $18,036.

“True to form, Democrat Governor Jay Robert ‘J. B.’ Pritzker ignores the gorilla in the room: government pensions. Instead of addressing the number one financial problem in the state by placing a pension reform amendment on the ballot, he is fixed on gobbling up even more taxpayer wealth with an Income Theft Amendment instead.”

“Between the mass exodus of Illinois residents to more tax-friendly states and the huge loss of jobs and income from Pritzker’s Soviet-style lockdown, Illinois’ middle-class will virtually disappear.”

“It’s mathematically impossible for a huge income tax increase to solve the problem because the pension burden grows at 3% a year, and that is compounded for all but the IMRF pensions. Illinois is second only to New York in out-migration.”

“As a direct result of the Pritzker’s policies, Springfield and Sangamon County taxpayers are struggling without paychecks while nearly all government employees and all government retirees continue to collect fat paychecks. Here’s what some of the political elite are taking home:

Robert A. Alvey retired from Sangamon County government at the age of 60. His current annual pension is $159,357. With his 3% COLA, he will realize about $3,845,595 over a normal lifetime. His personal investment in that stunning payout is only about 2.7%. Mr. Alvey is also eligible for a social security pension.

Robert C. Hill, Springfield SD 186 retiree, has a current annual pension of $192,368. He retired at 55, and will collect about $5,292,983 in estimated lifetime pension payments. His personal investment in that rich payout is only 1%!

Harry Berman retired from University of Illinois Springfield and currently collects $187,679 a year from the State University Retirement System (SURS). His estimated lifetime payout is $4,037,246. He had to invest only $216,639 of his own money for that payout.”

“Illinois government employees work only 20.1 years on average in order to collect these unrealistic pensions. And for every dollar they deposit in their own pension fund, taxpayers are forced to fork over $4.74. Add to that a 3% COLA, compounded for all but IMRF, and it doesn’t take a genius to understand why Illinois’ government pensions are insolvent.”

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“Rather than put an Income Theft Amendment on the ballot, Pritzker should have pushed for a pension reform amendment, because these outrageous pensions are protected by the state constitution.,” said Tobin.