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Former candidate Krupa warns voters that progressive plan is 'an attack on every taxpayer'


By Glenn Minnis | Feb 8, 2020

Former candidate for 13th Ward Alderman David Krupa

Chicagoan David Krupa, a former candidate for 13th Ward Alderman, argues that no Illinois taxpayer will be safe from the abuses of the progressive tax system being championed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the state's Democratic leadership.

“I know it’s being touted as just a tax on the rich, but a lot of people see it as the attack on the working class that it is,” Krupa told Chicago City Wire. “I don’t think Gov. Pritzker has the welfare of the state in mind when he’s out pushing this thing.”

Voters will have their say later this year when the question of whether the state constitution should be amended to allow lawmakers the authority to enact a progressive tax system to replace the current flat tax is set to appear on the ballot. Krupa, who ran against House Speaker Mike Madigan-backed Ald. Marty Quinn in 2019 and later sued both men for election fraud, wants voters to know what they may be getting into by supporting such a change.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker

“This tax is not going to do what they say it will, and we all would end up getting taxed more,” Krupa said. “It’s just a way to pay for all the state’s corruption and take more freedoms away from people. We’re already one of the highest taxed states in the country and need to be trying to come up with incentives to keep people here and bring more in, not running more away.”

Krupa argues that it is not by coincidence that similar tax systems have not lived up to expectations in other states. Revenues in California have been barely half of what was promised, and Connecticut has lost more than $10 billion and 360,000 jobs since switching to a progressive income-tax rate.  

“There’s no way that this would be good for Illinois and we need to get the word out,” Krupa said. “People need to know that this is totally an attack on every taxpayer in Illinois.”

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