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Letters to the Editor

Playing to the crowd on taxes draws criticism

Rep. Demmer: In reference to your recent public statement, during difficult times it is not wise to use the “stories we hear” as evidence.

An actual story did recently appear about the steady and long-term success of Bonnell Industries in Dixon (Dixon Living Magazine).

As a result of new home construction, the subdivision in which I reside has increased 100 percent recently.

Instead of focusing on how success can be achieved with a vibrant state and federal government, you play to the crowd by ax-grinding about taxes.

In 2015, there were 280,266 individuals with $1 million or more of investable assets residing in Illinois. How do they do this with property taxes crushing them?

There are 36 Fortune 500 corporations in Illinois. Let us address the myth that all businesses are just itching to create jobs. Under capitalism, businesses exist foremost to accumulate capital. If this can be achieved by downsizing, reducing labor costs (eliminating fixed pensions, reducing health care benefits, outsourcing, or reducing workers’ compensation costs, etc.), or adding jobs that result in profit – they will.

Your absolute failure to specify what is at stake with proposed changes to workers’ compensation pretends that there is no other legitimate side. How many citizens who have filed a workers’ compensation claim have you surveyed as of today?

I would need a secret decoder ring to figure out how you disconnected citizen decisions from yours? “Ah shucks, folks, in the end it’s all your decisions.” Is your position that of your party leaders, Gov. Rauner and President Trump?

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