Phelps targeted by Americans for Prosperity over veto vote
The Illinois chapter of Americans for Prosperity is launching an accountability campaign targeting several state representatives, including Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg), over their vote to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto on the recently passed budget.
The campaign will include digital ads, direct mail and grassroots activities.
Phelps voted to override Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 9, which will see a 32 percent tax hike - from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent.
“We’re disappointed Springfield failed to provide taxpayers relief from their crippling property tax burden yet voted to demand they forfeit more money to the state by permanently increasing their income tax bill by 32 percent,” AFP-IL State Director Andrew Nelms said. “A bipartisan majority of residents from all over the state supported a long-term property tax freeze, yet lawmakers overrode Gov. Rauner’s veto and passed the permanent income tax hike to help fuel an unbalanced budget.”
Fifteen other lawmakers are targeted as part of the campaign: Steve Andersson (R-Geneva), Dan Beiser (D-Alton), Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park), Fred Crespo (D-Hoffmann Estates), Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago), Michael Halpin (D-Rock Island), David Harris (R-Arlington Heights), Stephanie Kifowit (D-Aurora), Natalie Manley (D-Joliet), Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth), Anna Moeller (D-Elgin), Sue Scherer (D-Decatur), Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills), Michael Unes (R-East Peoria) and Kathleen Willis (D-Addison).
“This massive tax increase will cost a taxpayer with a net income of $50,000 a year more than $600 annually,” Nelms said. “Hardworking Illinoisans are already overtaxed and we want to make sure struggling families know which politicians failed to relieve their property tax burden and instead made living in the Land of Lincoln even more unaffordable.”