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Chicago – Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America’s (TUA), has announced that taxpayers will be fighting Home Rule in the Village of Crestwood.
“In the upcoming November elections, wealthy government bureaucrats want voters to approve Home Rule for their communities,” said Tobin. “Home Rule is a disaster. It gives unlimited taxing authority to local bureaucrats to fund their lavish, gold plated pensions. Illinois is broke, because of an unsustainable pension system. Taxpayers must reject Home Rule on the November 3 ballot.”
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Tobin emphasizes that Home Rule always means higher taxes. “Home Rule means, literally, unlimited taxing power,” said Tobin. “A home rule municipality can create just about any tax under the sun and raise taxes without limit.”
“I call it ‘Home Ruin.’ Why would anyone want to give up the right to vote on property tax increases?”
“Home Rule removes the cap limiting the amount that bureaucrats can increase property taxes. It gives bureaucrats a blank check. How many government bureaucrats would you trust with a blank check bearing your signature?”
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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.”
Illinois State Police blocked a Taxpayers United of America (TUA) news conference at the Illinois State Capitol from taking place on Monday, Sept. 15, 2020, reports Jim Tobin, economist and TUA president.
“We have been issuing analyses of state government pensions for 14 years,” said Tobin, “and TUA Executive Director Matt Schultz and I traveled from Chicago to Springfield to report on the lavish, gold-plated government pensions as they affect Sangamon County, which has some of the highest taxes in the country.”
“I had reserved a block of time at the state capitol press room, which I have been doing for 44 years. When we arrived at the state capitol building, members of the Illinois State Police blocked us from walking to the press room. They claimed they didn’t know who we were, and that they could not let us proceed ‘without authorization.’ After some time had passed, some woman arrived thinking we were part of another group. Finding out that we were not, she left without authorizing our move to the press room.”
“Finally, after about 30 minutes, we made it to the capitol press room and found it completely deserted.”
“Whether our being blocked was intentional or due to sheer incompetence, the effect was the same. We were unable to discuss the Sangamon County pensions or Illinois Gov. Jay Robert ‘J. B.’ Pritzker’s income theft amendment that has been placed by Democrats on the November 3 ballot. This amendment to the State Constitution would significantly raise taxes on Illinois taxpayers by converting the flat-rate state income tax to a graduated income tax.”
“I have been holding news conferences at the state capitol press room for 44 years, and never have I been blocked from holding a news conference until yesterday. What happened was outrageous and unconscionable, and we are owed an apology from Gov. Pritzker and Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, but I am not holding my breath.”