CHICAGO—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released its 17th biennial Tax Survey of the Ill. General Assembly. Click here for exclusive access to our 17th biennial Tax Survey
“Our survey examines the tax and spending bills of the 99th Illinois legislature from January 2015 to January 2017,” said Jim Tobin, TUA President. “Our analysis provides data on how the legislators voted on bills featured in our tax survey. For 41 years, TUA has educated taxpayers while publicizing all significant tax and spending increases voted on by the Illinois General Assembly. TUA has used the same methodology to evaluate each lawmaker’s record since publishing its first Tax Survey in 1983.”
“The 99th General Assembly has been a huge disappointment in the Ill. Senate,” said Tobin. “Not a single member of the Senate – no Republican or Democrat – received a passing score of 70% or more on this Tax Survey. The Republicans scored better in both chambers with average scores of 41% in the Senate and 66% in the House, whereas the Democrats achieved only 4% in the House – and only 1% in the Senate! That brings the total number of Democrats that scored zero to 91.”
“Some turncoat Republicans in the Illinois house voted for the record-breaking state income tax increase in the 100th General Assembly. Republican House members who voted for this job-killing measure could not be counted among ‘Taxpayer Friends,’ regardless of their score in this edition of the TUA Tax Survey.”
“Notably, Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) outclassed his predecessor, disgraced former Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who received a sorry 10% on TUA’s 16th biennial Tax Survey. Gov. Rauner is the first Illinois Governor to score above 70% on the TUA tax survey, achieving a score of 92%, and we are pleased to feature him on the list of Taxpayer Friends.”
CHICAGO—State Rep. David Harris (R-53, Mt. Prospect) announced on Oct. 3 that he will not be running for reelection. Harris had been strongly criticized by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) for betraying Illinois taxpayers and his own political party. The Republican “Taxpayer Traitor,” David Harris, had been named at a news conference on August 24, 2017, at the headquarters of Taxpayers United of America, 205 W. Randolph Street, Chicago.
The press conference was held after a TUA victory in Illinois House district 65, where St. Rep. Steven A. Andersson announced he would not run for reelection after being named “Taxpayer Traitor” by TUA.
“David Harris and his nine fellow Republican traitors conspired with House Speaker and Chicago machine boss, Michael Madigan, to pass the largest permanent income tax hike in the state’s history, increasing the personal income tax rate to 4.95 percent from 3.75 percent, and the corporate income tax rate from 7.75 percent to 9.5 percent. You can be sure that most of the $5 billion from this latest income tax increase will be funneled into the state’s floundering government-employee pension funds, just like previous tax increases,” said TUA President Jim Tobin.
TUA had distributed “wanted” fliers for “crimes against taxpayers” with Harris’ picture on them at locations across the 53rd District, urging voters to “Throw tax traitor David Harris out of office on March 20th, 2018.”
CHICAGO—The second Republican “Taxpayer Traitor” David Harris has been named on August 24, 2017, at the headquarters of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), 205 W. Randolph Street, Suite 1305,
The press conference was held after a TUA victory in Illinois House district 65. TUA helped oust Representative Steven A. Andersson from his current district. Representative Andersson was the last tax traitor to be named, and TUA takes rightful credit for ending his run as state representative.
“(Steven A. Andersson) is gone, that’s one down, and eight to go,” said Jim Tobin, TUA President.
Now TUA turns its attention to David Harris of district 53. David Harris was one of the Tax Traitors that sided with Michael Madigan, raising the personal income tax rate by 32% this last July. Shifting pressure onto David Harris, TUA will be utilizing new tactics that were deployed against Rep. Steven Andersson, and will increasing the intensity of their efforts.
“It’s a shame that these Republicans have betrayed their constituents, and Mr. Harris needs to be thrown out of office,” later stated Jim Tobin.
These Taxpayer Traitors have betrayed their constituents and must pay the price. TUA will continue to expose these Republican turncoats until all are gone. It’s time for a massive housecleaning in Springfield! View Daily Herald News article featuring TUA!
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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