Ideas Illinois calls on Madigan, Pritzker & Cullerton to live stream proposed secret meetings over raising taxes

By Ideas Illinois

Ideas Illinois calls on Madigan, Pritzker & Cullerton to live stream proposed secret meetings over raising taxes

Republican leaders have rejected the Jobs Tax

Leaders pushing higher taxes should not hide negotiations like they hide their tax returns

In the wake of Governor JB Pritzker informing voters of his plans to hold “conversations with leadership about rate structure” for his planned Jobs Tax, Ideas Illinois today called on Democratic leaders to hold those conversations in public, not behind closed doors. 

“Republican leaders Durkin and Brady have stated unequivocally they are opposed to this massive Jobs Tax so that leaves Democratic leaders negotiating higher taxes behind closed doors,” Ideas Illinois Chairman Greg Baise said. “If Democrats remain hell bent trying to raise taxes again, then they should reject the Springfield-style behind-closed-doors meetings and live stream the negotiations over their proposed tax hikes so voters have a clear indication as to just how high their taxes could go.”

Ideas Illinois also again reiterated its call for any Republican or Democrat to release their own full personal tax returns before they support or sign the third income tax hike on Illinois families in the last 8 years.  

“Anyone, Republican or Democrat, should release their own full personal tax returns before they support or sign a third income tax hike into law,” Baise added. 

“It should be lost on no one that the individuals who are planning this secret negotiating have been the architects of the two largest income tax increases in Illinois’ history without disclosing their tax returns, and while Governor Pritzker has made this Jobs Tax the centerpiece of his administration, he also has not disclosed his full income tax returns,” Baise said.

Ideas Illinois is a new initiative of The Coalition for Jobs, Growth and Prosperity committed to improving and growing Illinois’ economy by promoting free-market principles anchored in a reasonable and predictable tax system.

The Coalition was established in 2004 to advocate for government policies that promote market-driven principles. Since that time, the Jobs Coalition has been the tip of the spear in a number of statewide and national campaigns, including the 2004 fight in Illinois against Rod Blagojevich’s gross receipts tax, the national 2009-2010 fight against pro-union “card check” legislation, and the 2017 fight against the “soda tax” in Cook County.  

Evan Walker