ICYMI: Pritzker mocks reporters who bemoan lack of substance, but his biggest idea is barely a shell

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Yesterday, JB Pritzker chastised reporters who had the audacity to ask for specifics on his tax hike plan for Illinois families.

Pritzker said “I almost get tired when people come up here, reporters, sometimes, come up to me and they say ‘Well gosh, what are your plans for the state? I don’t really know what your plans are.’”

Capitol Fax’s Rich Miller responded with the truth: while Pritzker definitely wants to raise taxes, his plan is “barely a shell.”

Taxes are a clear contrast in this campaign and Governor Rauner is fighting everyday to lower taxes for hardworking Illinoisans. Check out what the governor had to say on WJPF Radio this morning:

“You know, the Democrats made a mistake. They’re trying to hide what they’re going to do to the middle class, working class families. They’re trying to hide it so Pritzker is trying to dodge what the rates would be. But they actually put out their tax plan a year ago mistakenly and it’s out there. It was put out by Madigan’s own people and it has a 26 percent tax rate hike on middle class Illinoisans. That’s their plan. They’re going to deny it and say ‘oh, no no we will only tax like multi-millionaires.’ Baloney. Every state that’s put in a graduated income tax, the middle class gets whacked. And that’s what Pritzker and Madigan have in mind. They’re going to dodge, but that’s the truth. We’ve got to beat these guys. They’re corrupt and they’re just tax cheats and tax hikers.”

Check out Capitol Fax’s coverage:

But, as many Illinoisans have discovered since January of 2015, the state budget is by far the most important part of the governor’s job. And while Pritzker’s proposals include several spending ideas, he’s never said how he’ll pay for any of this stuff except to repeatedly point to a progressive tax plan which isn’t really a plan so much as a talking point. The Democrat has yet to lay out what his rates and exemptions would be.

The only thing we know is that he’s said he’ll fund most of his new programs and expansions as well as significantly increase the state’s annual pension payment with the new graduated tax, so it’ll definitely have to bring in a lot of money. How much? Nobody knows yet.

Politics abhors a vacuum, and the governor is therefore taking advantage of Pritzker’s silence.