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“It’s no surprise—except maybe to Democrats—that nine of the 10 fastest-growing U.S. cities are in ‘Red’ states,” said Jim Tobin, economist and president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).
According to Issue #196 of the excellent newsletter published by the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, “Nine of the 10 fastest growing cities in 2020 are in red states. Florida has the top three destinations. North Point, outside of Orlando; Kissimmee, near Sarasota; and Port Lucie, north of Palm Beach.”
Madison, Wisconsin was the only city in the top ten that was in a blue state. According to the newsletter, the committee’s Wisconsin contacts said the beer capital is being overrun by transplants from…guess which state? It’s neighbor to the south, bankrupt and over-taxed Illinois!
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Chicago – Illinois taxpayers should brace themselves one more time as Springfield Democrats plot to raise the state income tax, according to Jim Tobin, economist and president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).
“The lavish, gold-plated pension plans for retired government employees have decimated the state’s finances,” said Tobin. “The billions of dollars from previous tax increases passed by the Springfield Democrats have been funneled into the floundering state pension systems.”
“Illinois Governor Jay Robert ‘J. B.’ Pritzker, one of the worst, if not the worst Illinois Governor, had his Democrat hooligans in the state legislature place an amendment to the Illinois Constitution on last November’s ballot that would have raised the state income tax by over $5 billion. We worked with local taxpayer groups across the state and helped them organize to defeat the amendment. Fortunately, voters defeated Pritzker’s income theft amendment decisively.”
“Pritzker now states that he and his Democrat thugs will raise the state income tax 20% to compensate for the loss of his tax theft amendment. It never ends.”
“We will again work with taxpayer groups across the state, this time to kill the proposed 20% state income tax increase.”
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Chicago – Taxpayer dollars from a recent Mattoon property tax increase was consumed by lavish, gold-plated government employee pensions. A report from the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier identified that the increased property tax went almost exclusively to retired government employee pensions.
“The retired Illinois government employee pension system is a scam,” said Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Mattoon government employees get to enjoy life with pensions that increase 3% compounded every year, while Mattoon taxpayers are driven from their homes.”
“In 2004, Mattoon taxpayers handed over $1.4 million to government employee pensions, $1.2 million of which was property taxes. In 2020, taxpayers were forced to pay $4.1 million to the government pension system, the vast bulk coming from property taxes.”
“Government bureaucrats are going to discover that they cannot loot the middle class to pay for outrageous government-employee pensions forever. Taxpayers are not bureaucrats’ serfs, and are free to go to lower-tax municipalities or even to other states. Taxpayers have already been taking this option, and higher property taxes are only going to accelerate the process.”
“The one way to solve the Illinois pension crisis is to put all new government employees into 401(k) plans immediately and pass a Fair Pension Amendment. An amendment to the Illinois state constitution can allow for renegotiation of Illinois government employee pensions that are fairer to taxpayers.”