Taxes

Kash Jackson will immediately end the practice of corporate welfare. In our current system, favored corporations are given tax incentives and subsidies to come to Illinois. We need to stop giving an unfair advantage to large companies that are already at an advantage due to their sheer size. Instead, Illinois needs to develop a fair and favorable climate where all businesses, large and small, can prosper. We can do this by cutting red tape, lowering fees, lowering taxes, and consolidating overlapping layers of state and local bureaucracy.

Illinois already has the second-highest average effective property tax rate in the U.S. I therefore support a 5-year freeze on all property taxes while we achieve solvency.

You should have a veto when your representatives want to raise taxes. All tax increases should be passed only after a 2/3 referendum. I support efforts to accomplish this, such as House Bill 4490.

Illinois has too much government: ours has the most local units of government of any state, numbering nearly 7000. This is more than even large, populous states such as Texas. As Governor, I will work with counties to consolidate and/or eliminate unnecessary local districts, signing laws similar to Public Act 100-0107.