Which candidate for governor will raise taxes? Each one says it’s the other guy. Paul Vallas, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, says it’s Republican Bruce Rauner who will impose new taxes because of his plan to tax services. Vallas doesn’t believe Rauner will stop at taxing the few dozen services he’s already outlined.
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“It opens the door on a whole array of taxes, a whole new sector of taxes, taxing services,” Vallas said. “Restoring the tax on food and drugs, which the governor decades ago worked so hard to eliminate.” Rauner campaign spokesman Mike Schrimpf calls those claims “wild allegations,” and says Rauner has never proposed a state sales tax on food and medicine.
Schrimpf claims Vallas and Gov. Pat Quinn plan on raising taxes after the election, but Quinn has proposed only making the current state income tax rate of 5 percent permanent, not raising it. (Strictly speaking, that tax rate will fall to 3.75 percent on Jan. 1, so any restoration of the 5 percent rate after Jan. 1 would be a tax increase.)