Ugaste saddened by Illinois taxpayers' flight, maddened by continuation of 'downward spiral'
State Rep. Dan Ugaste (R-Geneva) says the strongest argument against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s progressive-tax proposal comes not from politicians but from Illinois residents – past and present.
“The people of Illinois do not want to see another tax, no matter what anyone claims it will do,” Ugaste told Kane County Reporter. “They’ve been very clear about that with the way they’ve deserted this state, and I don’t want to chase even one more taxpayer out of Illinois.”
Ugaste (R-Geneva) also points to recent analysis of the proposal performed by Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) as another example of the harm such a tax would cause. According to IPI, revenues projected for the plan by Pritzker and company could fall as much as $2 billion short of forecasts, a reality that would almost certainly require that taxes be raised on the middle-class despite the insistence of supporters of the measure who maintain it will only impact the rich.
In addition, the IPI website projects that it could cost the state up to 30,000 jobs and around $11 billion in economic activity.
“I can’t understand why democrats would still be pushing forward with this,” said Ugaste, who won his seat in the 65th District in November with 52 percent of the vote. “The answer to every problem is not always to just raise taxes.”
During his recent budget address, Pritzker doubled-down on the proposal he has been touting since his days as a candidate, even adding that he and House Speaker Mike Madigan now plan to try to advance the measure before the end of the current session in Springfield.
Meanwhile, Ugaste said that the entire situation leaves him feeling a bit baffled.
“Nothing about this hits any of its targets and just seems to create more problems,” he said. “The way we continue this downward spiral and trying the same solutions to problems without ever addressing the root of them has just become maddening.”
The 65th House District includes Batavia, Burlington, Dundee, Elgin, Geneva, Grafton, Hampshire, Plato, Rutland and St. Charles.