A press release from Congressman Peter Roskam:
Casten promises to raise taxes in first debate
Peter Roskam met Sean Casten for the first of four debates Roskam challenged Casten to immediately following Casten’s primary win.
The debate was hosted by WBBM and moderated by Craig Dellimore for At Issue.
The debate, which aired this past Sunday, touched on a variety of topics. But when presented with the facts on his plans to raise taxes on hardworking taxpayers in the Sixth District, Casten did not deny it. To date, Casten has advocated or supported the following tax hikes:
- When asked during a radio interview with WLS about a plan to raise taxes on gas, Casten said, “…absolutely we should raise the gas tax.”
- Casten has been one of Mike Madigan’s most consistent supporters for a progressive tax hike.
- Sean Casten supported Mike Madigan when his party voted to override the Governor’s veto, burdening Illinois taxpayers with a 32 percent state income tax hike.
- Casten opposed the Governor’s recent budget because he said it didn’t do enough to raise taxes on Illinois residents.
- Earlier this year, Casten announced his intention to repeal the tax breaks Sixth District families and small businesses received through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and support a plan to instead, raise their taxes.
- In his white paper on tax policy, Casten proposes eliminating the cap on taxes for Social Security, claiming that senior citizens need to “pay their fair share to support” Social Security and Medicare.
“During the debate, Sean Casten renewed his promise to raise the gas tax, raise income taxes, support a progressive tax hike and support Mike Madigan’s plan to remove the property tax freeze,” said Roskam for Congress spokesman, Veronica Vera.
“Sean Casten wants to take away any tax relief Sixth District businesses and families received through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and then raise taxes on them again.”