* Eric Timmons…
Republican candidate for treasurer Tom Cross says he opposes Bruce Rauner’s plan to tax 32 different services.
Mr. Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, released a plan last week to freeze property taxes and gradually lower the state’s income tax rate. He also proposes new taxes on attorneys’ fees, warehousing and storage, advertising sales, golf club memberships, debt collection, security guards and residential sewer and refuse.
“Sometimes Republicans disagree,” Rep. Cross said of his opposition to the Rauner tax plan. “I don’t support any of the service taxes.”
The former Illinois House minority leader, Rep. Cross said he wanted it on record that he supports “everything else” in Mr. Rauner’s plan for the state.
Cross’ opponent Michael Frerichs was a co-sponsor of the service tax bill that Quinn supported. So, this move is no surprise.
* But it most certainly is the easy way out…
“We have been a state that has just seen people spend money that we don’t have,” [Cross] said. “And we need to learn to live within our means. We’ve got $35 billion. That’s more money than we’ve ever had as a state. And there’s this continuous discussion and thirst for more money and more money and more money. I think the service tax is a mistake.”
He also said this…
“I think it’s important for people to articulate what they’re going to do. Sometimes we say, as Republicans we say, ‘The Democrats have done such a bad job, you’re going to vote for us. We’re not Democrats.’
“Now, I think they have done a bad job, but I think we also have to say what we’re going to do.”
OK, well, Tom, let’s hear how you’d solve the problem without new revenues.