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Guv cand Whitney (G-IL) Blasts Brady’s Tax Proposal

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Green Party governor candidate Rich Whitney blasted the latest proposal by his Republican challenger State Senator Bill Brady. In one of the few times that he has given any insight into his budget plan, Brady suggested that if elected governor, he would press for greater tax cuts for businesses.

Whitney commented:

Brady is now trying to bring back ‘Reaganomics‘ at the state level, forgetting that Ronald Reagan gave us the highest federal deficits in our nation’s history at the time,” “We can’t afford any of Bill Brady’s fuzzy math and a new experiment in ‘trickle down economics’ when we know that doesn’t work. We need real solutions to the budget crisis.

One problem is that Brady will be destroying even more public sector jobs due to the higher deficit and his proposed spending cuts, which will have a spillover effect on private sector retailers, causing even more job losses. There is no reason to believe that the plan will create more jobs than it will destroy.

Second, we know from experience at the federal level that some employers will game the system by either claiming the tax credit for jobs they were going to create anyway, or by firing permanent employees and then rehiring ‘new’ employees, or in some cases, every couple of months repeating the process and hiring new temporary employees to fill the same positions and grab as many of the tax credits as they can. Thus, they will not really be creating a net increase in employment. It will be next to impossible to police such practices to stop abuses, especially by a state government that is already strained to the breaking point.

From start to finish, this is a horrible proposal. It is bad for the budget, bad for the economy and bad for working people. Under the guise of being a jobs plan, this really amounts to another taxpayer subsidy for private profiteering and big business. That’s Bill Brady’s real agenda. Working people shouldn’t fall for this snake oil. I remain the only candidate who actually has a plan.

Rich Whitney is a 55-year-old civil rights and employment lawyer from Carbondale. As a lawyer, he has fought for working people who have lost their jobs or had their rights violated. A founder of the Illinois Green Party, he has long been politically active in support of the labor, health-care reform, environmental, civil rights, and peace movements. In 2006, he served as the Green Party’s first candidate for Governor, winning over 360,000 votes and making it possible for Illinois voters to have a third choice on the ballot statewide.

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