House Republicans Urge Pritzker to Get His Own Finances Under Control Before Pushing New Income Tax Plan

Last week Illinoisans learned that their Governor is under federal investigation for a dubious property tax appeal that the Cook County Inspector General called a “scheme to defraud” taxpayers. On Wednesday, members of the House Republican Caucus called on JB Pritzker to get his own tax situation under control before pushing a new tax proposal on Illinois families.

“Governor Pritzker is touting his graduated income tax proposal as a ‘fair tax,’” said State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville). “I would suggest, in light of the ongoing federal investigation into his own tax practices, that JB Pritzker does not know the meaning of the word ‘fair.’”

Wehrli, who was joined at the Capitol press conference by State Representatives Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis), Margo McDermed (R-Mokena), Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) and Mark Batinick (R-Joliet), urged Illinois taxpayers to be wary of this latest attempt to raise taxes on Illinois families on businesses.

“Twice already this decade Democrats raised income taxes under the premise that the new revenue would address the state’s fiscal crisis,” added Wehrli. “Neither tax hike fixed the State’s problems. We need to stop spending and show some fiscal responsibility.”

Representative Windhorst spoke about the lack of protections in the proposal and Representative McDermed pointed out changes already made by Democrat Senators to the suggested rates.

Click here to watch Wehrli’s portion of the press conference, or click here to watch the entire press conference. ity47