Downstate voters continue to reject Nikki Budzinski’s tax increases

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Decatur, IL – As Gov. Pritzker’s senior advisor, Nikki Budzinski was instrumental in his flagship policy point – changing the Illinois Constitution to allow politicians to increase taxes on Illinois families and businesses with a new tax structure.

If adopted, the amendment would have changed the constitution to allow for a progressive income tax structure with brackets determined by Illinois statehouse politicians. Besides increasing taxes, the amendment language made it easier for politicians to also add new taxes such as service taxes or the retirement tax suggested by Treasurer Frerichs.

Despite spending $56 million of his personal wealth to advertise the tax increase to voters, the amendment was overwhelmingly rejected by Illinoisans. It was especially unpopular in the 13th Congressional District where it was shot down in Madison, St. Clair, Macoupin, Sangamon, Macon, and Piatt counties.

“The votes show that Nikki Budzinski is clearly out of touch with the needs of our district,” said Regan Deering, candidate for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. “I am strongly opposed to increasing taxes, especially during the disastrous Biden Administration when Illinois families are feeling the effects of record inflation costing the average household $769 a month. In Congress, you can count on me to fight every day to keep more money in Americans’ pocketbooks.”

The failed amendment was also opposed by the following organizations:

  • Americans for Tax Reform

  • Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago

  • Ideas Illinois

  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce

  • Illinois Farm Bureau

  • Illinois Opportunity Project

  • Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce

  • National Federation Of Independent Business Federal Political Action Committee

  • Technology and Manufacturing Association

In addition to the progressive tax, Nikki Budzinski has already made increasing taxes on the middle class her top priority by committing to repeal the popular 2017 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act that saves the average Illinois family more than $1,000 a year.

“Nikki Budzinski hasn’t met a tax increase she doesn’t like,” said Melanie Meyers, Regan4Congress Campaign Manager. “Will Nikki explain why she supported such a wildly unpopular tax hike against the wishes of the voters she claims to represent? The votes make one thing clear – the 13th Congressional District cannot afford Nikki Budzinski.”