I wrote all the local Republican legislators an email with the following subject line:
Please tell me if you will vote for a retirement tax.
Included was the following paragraph from a Chicago Tribune article with the link, which is below:
Radogno said lawmakers likely will consider hiking the state income tax or taxing retirement income, rather than increasing the state sales tax or instituting a tax on services.
State Rep. David McSweeney was the first to reply:
Next came the following exchange of emails with State Rep. Barbara Wheeler, my State Representative:
- 2:28 PM – This is the first I’ve heard of it.
- 2:33 PM – My reply: And, are you going to vote to tax retirement income?
- 2:46 PM – I don’t know anything about it….
- 2L47 PM – My reply: With all due respect, that does not answer my question. Conceptually are you open to voting to tax retirement income?
- 2:51 PM – With all due respect former legislator… How can I formulate an opinion about something I’ve never heard of, haven’t read about, and I don’t know how it fits into the whole comprehensive budget fix?
- 2:52 PM – I know the answer you’d like me to say, but I’m not comfortable saying it unless I know about it.
- 2:53 PM – And let’s face it… There are enough politicians who talk a lot of things they know nothing about. It’s how we got into this mess don’t you think?
State Rep. Steve Andersson’s reply:
I don’t agree with Senator Radogno’s assumption that we “have to” raise taxes.
The solution lies in reducing our spending and making our agencies more efficient; coupled with structural reforms that will increase business growth in our State.