Governor Pritzker Must Do More For Taxpayers NOW!

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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 non-essential.”

“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.
  • Doctors in India have successfully treated an Italian coronavirus patient using Lopinavir, Ritonavir, Oseltamivir and Chloroquine.
  • Researchers 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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A 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 citizens.”

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 amendment.”

“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.”