PETERSBURG, IL – Today is Tax Day in Illinois. For the past three and a half years, Illinois families have seen their taxes go up again and again under Governor J.B. Pritzker, to the point where we currently suffer from the highest combined state and local taxes in the nation. This November, Illinois will have a chance to make this our LAST tax day under tax-and-spend J.B. Pritzker.
Jesse Sullivan, outsider candidate for governor, is the only candidate who has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge – a promise to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes,” a pledge that has been signed by 10 sitting U.S. governors including Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
“Ronald Reagan said: ‘Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15.’ Here in Illinois, J.B. Pritzker and the Democrats have had their way for long enough – it’s time for a real change,” Sullivan said.
Last week, Pritzker released a campaign ad to give himself political cover for the more than $2,700 in tax hikes for Illinois families on his watch – hoping that $550 worth of temporary, election-year gimmicks will do the trick until November.
- Pritzker claimed to freeze the gas tax, but the Illinois gas tax is up more than double on Pritzker’s watch (19¢ in 2018; 39.2¢ in 2022) and drivers are on the hook for TWO gas tax hikes next year.
- Pritzker claimed to eliminate the grocery tax, but this election-year pause means it’s coming back next year. Illinois should join the 37 states that have found a way to do without a grocery tax and permanently repeal it.
- Pritzker claimed to lower property taxes, but Illinois families have some of the highest property taxes in the country, and they have gone up $2,000 on Pritzker’s watch.
“Illinois deserves better, and we can do better,” Sullivan said. “I’ve invested in job creators around the world, bringing prosperity and purpose in the toughest of circumstances. It can be done here in Illinois, but only if we make a real change with a real outsider.”