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Belleville News Democrat | Area Republicans vow to freeze property taxes, repeal state income tax hike

A group of Republican legislators and candidates from the metro-east signed a pledge Wednesday to support a three-year freeze on property taxes and the repeal of a 67 percent increase in the state’s income tax.

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Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross of Oswego and former gubernatorial hopeful and government watchdog Adam Andrzejewski led a news conference at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, where they announced the “Save Illinois Taxpayers” pledge.

Signing the pledge were Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon, and Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, as well as the following candidates for Illinois House or Senate: Dave Barnes of Belleville, Ryan Stookey of Belleville, Mike Babcock of Bethalto, Charlie Meier of Okawville, Melinda Hult of Belleville and Kathy Smith of Alton.

Andrzejewski said Illinois taxpayers have been “milked like a dairy cow.” He said the property tax freeze would help protect them against a proposal to shift the cost of teacher pensions from the state to local school districts.

Cross said the 67 percent increase in income tax can be repealed, but legislators will have to make “tough decisions” on spending cuts. He said other states have managed to cut spending.

“They survived. The world didn’t come to an end,” Cross said.

Kay said high taxes are scaring businesses and preventing them from creating jobs.

“Ask Caterpillar. Ask John Deere,” Kay said.


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