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TAX FREEDOM DAY AGAIN FALLS ON APRIL 16

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CHICAGO—The Washington-based nonpartisan Tax Foundation has released this year’s date for “Tax Freedom Day,” which is the same as last year: April 16.

“Tax Freedom Day is a significant date for taxpayers and lawmakers because it represents how long Americans as a whole have to work in order to pay the nation’s tax burden,” states the Tax Foundation.

“The Tax Foundation is a most valuable resource for taxpayers, tax-fighters, and elected officials,” said Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “We rely on the foundation’s high-quality research and impeccable reputation.”

“As defined by the foundation, Tax Freedom Day is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year. Tax Freedom Day takes all federal, state, and local taxes and divides them by the nation’s income.”

The report states that in 2019, Americans will pay $3.42 trillion in federal taxes and $1.86 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total tax bill of $5.29 trillion, or 29 percent of national income. This year, Tax Freedom Day falls on April 16, or 105 days into the year.

“Since 2002, federal expenses have surpassed federal revenues, with the budget deficit exceeding $1 trillion annually from 2009 to 2012. If we include this annual federal borrowing, which represents future taxes owed, Tax Freedom Day would occur on May 8, 22 days later,” according to the foundation.

“To illustrate just how much value these taxes are eating up, the report reveals that Americans will collectively spend more on taxes in 2019 than they will on food, clothing, and housing combined,” said Tobin.

Taxpayers Win Big In Barrington And Gear Up For The Coming Tax Battles

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Chicago-Taxpayers United of America (TUA) helped local activists defeat a major property tax increase referendum. It was a difficult battle, with teachers allegedly stealing yard signs opposing the property tax increase. Enraged taxpayers held firm and beat the property tax hike. This makes our 432rd property tax increase referenda victory in over 40 years of operation.

 The referendum was put on the ballot by Barrington CUSD 220, demanding taxpayers foot the bill for $185 million in debt. Taxpayers defeated the tax increase 3,186 to 2,990. 

Click here to download the Barrington CUSD 220 Vote No flyer

“By defeating this tax increase, taxpayers will save hundreds of dollars a year,” said Jim Tobin, President of TUA. “With this large tax with this large property tax increase defeated, we will focus our attention on the massive tax increases being pushed by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.”

Springfield Democrats are pushing an enormous and regressive $2 billion gasoline tax increase aimed to hurt the poor and smash the struggling middle class to fund wasteful Chicago transit. They are also aggressively lying and promoting the Pritzker Amendment, a graduated income tax on the middle class. These tax increase cannot be allowed to pass, and we will do everything in our power to stop them.” 

ILLINOIS POLITICIANS PROPOSE TO RAISE GASOLINE TAXES BASED ON MISREPRESENTED STATISTICS

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Illinois Governor Jay Robert “J. B.” Pritzker is pushing for a huge increase in Illinois’ sales tax on gasoline as he and his collaborators in the general assembly justify their actions with distorted information.

“The proposed hike in gasoline taxes is a scam,” according to Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “The reasons given for raising gasoline taxes are false.”

A bill introduced in the State Senate would double the Illinois gas tax, from 19 cents to 38 cents per gallon, and hike vehicle registration fees supposedly to pay for repairs to roads, bridges and other “infrastructure.”

“We now have pothole-ridden roads that we can’t afford to fix and more than 2,300 bridges that are rated as structurally deficient,” contended State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-11, Cicero), chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Sandoval proposed an amendment to Senate Bill 103, which would create almost $2 billion in new taxes annually. The doubling of the motor fuel tax per gallon to 38 cents would take effect July 2019.

However, according to Randal O’Toole, a Cato Institute Senior Fellow, Illinois’ highway infrastructure is actually in fairly good shape, despite the pronouncement of Pritzker that infrastructure is “crumbling across the state.” The transportation system with serious infrastructure problems is urban transit.

“The real problem with Illinois’ transit infrastructure is not that it is worn out but that it is obsolete and no longer successfully serves the needs of the typical state resident,” says O’Toole.

“By two important measures the roads are in good shape and getting better,” states O’Toole. “First, only 2,303 bridges, or less than 9 percent of the total, were considered structurally deficient in 2017. This is a substantial reduction from the 4,494 highway bridges, or 18 percent of the total, that were classified structurally deficient in 1992. ‘Structurally deficient,’ by the way, doesn’t mean that a bridge is in danger of collapsing or poses a safety risk. Instead, it only means is that the cost of maintaining a bridge is greater than it should be and, in some cases, the load limits for the bridges have been reduced.”

“The second measure showing that Illinois roads are improving is a standardized roughness index used by the Federal Highway Administration to grade highways. According to this index, Illinois roads are 35 percent less rough today than they were in 1995.”

In its 23rd Annual Highway Report, the Reason Foundation revealed that Illinois Ranks 28th Overall in Highway Performance and Cost-Effectiveness. In other words, it’s in the middle of the pack. In fact, in some areas, Illinois roads do quite well. “Illinois’s best rankings are rural Interstate pavement condition (tied for 1st), rural arterial pavement condition (3rd) and urban Interstate pavement condition (5th).”

“Illinois ranks 15th in fatality rate, 7th in deficient bridges, 1st (tie) in rural Interstate pavement condition, 5th in urban Interstate pavement condition….”

 “Obviously, there are other reasons Illinois Democrats and Senator Bill Brady (R-44) want to raise gasoline taxes,” said Tobin. “Due to the state’s lavish, gold-plated pension plans for retired government employees, the state’s pension plans and finances generally are in dire condition, and rather than cut spending and revise the government pensions, the Democrats and Bill Brady are again kicking the can down the road with as many tax hikes as they can get away with.”

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