Rauner Proposes 30 New Regressive Taxes (Video/Analysis)

Bruce Rauner

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Billionaire GOP candidate Bruce Rauner held a press conference to propose 30 new regressive taxes. It comes on the heels of a bevy of news that Rauner and Rauner financed companies avoided taxes and overbilled taxpayers.

  • Rauner used loopholes now under scrutiny by the IRS to slash his tax obligation. He avoided contributing a single penny to Social Security and Medicare for two straight years, in 2010 and 2011, but says he’s open to taxing retirement income including Social Security.
  • Rauner was a director of HealthRev, which failed to pay $81,000 in Illinois taxes.  The company also made thousands in contributions to Cook County officials after it received a multi-million dollar government contract.
  • American Habilitations Services – a Rauner financed firm linked to deaths, assaults, and legal action – was cited by the state of Florida for overbilling taxpayers.
  • The firm Rauner ran for 31 years, GTCR, failed to pay nearly $13,000 in unemployment taxes in 2005.
  • Rauner’s current company, R8, failed to pay the state’s business license fee.

“It’s crystal clear: Billionaire Bruce Rauner wants middle class families to pay more, while he pays less,” said Neal Waltmire, Communications Director for Illinois Freedom PAC. “He already pays a lower tax rate than millions of Illinois’ middle class families, but apparently exploiting the status quo is not good enough for him.”

Source: Illinois Freedom PAC