The president of Illinois’ largest taxpayer organization today issued a statement condemning Gov. Jay Robert “J. B.” Pritzker for betraying Illinois’ middle class and poor by significantly raising gasoline and cigarette taxes.
“Illinois’ corpulent con-man Pritzker has
pushed these cruel and destructive tax increases on the state’s middle class
and poor,” said Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “While
middle class taxpayers struggle to make ends meet, the bloated $45 billion
‘infrastructure’ spending package passed is a payoff to the state’s labor
unions that feed the Democrat machine. Adding insult to injury, the legislators
that passed these massive tax increase will get a pay raise of $1,600 annually.”
“Retired state employees are
literally becoming pension millionaires on the backs of workers in the private
sector who are funding these lavish, gold-plated pensions with their taxes. In
the meantime, these private sector workers, many of whom are losing their
retirement plans, must pay a lot more for gasoline and cigarettes.”
“The state’s residents who are poor
are the most affected by the enormous, regressive tax increases on these
“The doubling of the state’s
19-cent-per-gallon motor fuel tax to 38 cents, higher fees for license plates
and driver’s licenses, a 15% tax on e-cigarettes. and the $1-per-pack cigarette
tax hike on the current $1.98 state tax are outrageous.”
“It’s time Illinois voters woke up
to how much they are being ripped-off by Pritzker and his fellow Springfield
tax-raisers for the benefit of special interests.”
SPRINGFIELD–Illinois House Democrats on Memorial Day honored the dead by pushing their scheme to tax the life out of the state. Democrats, and only Democrats, pushed a constitutional amendment out of the Illinois House, and on to the statewide ballot. All 44 Republicans in the house voted against the bill, and one lone indecisive Democrat cast no vote at all. The measure will be on the November 3, 2020 general election ballot.
“Democrats came into office promising to tax the hell out of people, and now they are one step closer to their goal,” said Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “What they don’t get, is that passing the Graduated Income Tax Increase in Springfield was the easy part. If they think they can ram the income tax increase past voters they are mistaken.”
“Taxpayers will have an opportunity to kick these tax raisers out of office in the March primary,” said Tobin. “On March 17, 2020 every tax thieving Illinois House Representative will stand for reelection, and I encourage every taxpayer to vote.”
Springfield–Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), and other taxpayer activists staged a protest in the Illinois State Capitol Building on May 21. The protest was held in opposition to the nearly endless demands for newer and higher taxes proposed by Gov. Jay Robert “J. B.” Pritzker and other tax thieves.
Tobin, who spoke to the crowd at the protest, had harsh words for the current Illinois Governor. “Pritzker promised not to increase taxes on the middle class,” said Tobin. “He lied! Pritzker’s $2.4 Billion gasoline tax increase is a tax increase on the middle class.”
Of all the regressive and anti-middle class taxes being pushed however, the taxes for “road improvement” is the worst scam that Pritzker is pushing. As exposed in a Taxpayer Education Foundation study, a large part of the gasoline taxes collected in Illinois are funneled into the bloated bureaucracy that is Chicago government transit. This money is being stolen from non-Chicago taxpayers to fund lavish government employee pensions and subsidize an obsolete, 19th Century transit system.
“The corpulent con man Pritzker is no savior of the middle class,” said Tobin. “He is determined to pillage the Illinois middle class to enrich the Chicago government class. This is irresponsible and legalized theft on a statewide scale.”
“That is why these grassroots protests are so important, now more than ever. We need to show Illinois government that Illinois taxpayers will resist new tax increases every step of the way.”
Taxpayers United Of America: (TUA). is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(4) taxpayer advocacy group. Founded June 27, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois by activist and economist Jim Tobin, TUA works on behalf of taxpayers to reduce local, state, and federal taxes. In the past forty years, TUA has saved taxpayers more than $200 billion n taxes and has become one of the largest taxpayer organizations in America. Check All posts.
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