Governor Rauner given high marks for taxpayer friendliness

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“A taxpayer watchdog group gives high marks to a couple of candidates running for Illinois governor.

For more than 30 years, Taxpayers United of America has done biannual reviews of lawmakers in Illinois, grading them on whether they help or hurt taxpayers.

For the first time, group President James Tobin said a sitting Illinois governor received a score of more than 70 percent.

“Gov. [Bruce] Rauner had a score of 92 percent,” Tobin said. “That is an incredibly high score.”

Tobin said Rauner’s veto of the income tax hike this summer will help his score in the next survey, which will be out after next year.

“But it’s been bad for taxpayers this year because with the income tax being raised by 32 percent, we still remain bankrupt,” Tobin said.

State Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, is also running for governor. Biss and his running mate, state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, are both listed in the report as taxpayer enemies, scoring zeros because of votes on various bills in from 2015-2016.

Tobin said next year’s election will feature the debate about changing the state’s income tax structure.

“All of the Democratic candidates for governor are supporting a graduated income tax,” Tobin said. “That’s going to be another huge income tax increase.”

Rauner has come out against a graduated income tax[.]”

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