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Pritzker TV ad hits Biss, Kennedy on “widely unpopular” retirement income tax

Friday, Mar 9, 2018

* Remember this from this morning’s post on the Simon Institute poll?

A recurring idea is for the state to tax retirement income, such as pensions and social security. This idea is widely unpopular, with 74 percent opposing and only 22 percent in favor.

* Now watch this new JB Pritzker TV ad attacking Kennedy and Biss for supporting such a tax

Ouch.

* Biss campaign…

Biss campaign manager Abby Witt released the following statement in response to JB Pritzker’s latest misleading attack ad.

“Daniel only wants to tax retirement income of billionaires like JB Pritzker, so it’s no wonder he’s in a panic. JB has never had to worry about saving for retirement, for his kids’ college tuition, or for rent each month. While Daniel Biss passed the landmark Secure Choice Savings Program that created retirement options for millions of fellow working Illinoisans, JB Pritzker was ripping toilets out of his house to avoid property taxes and forcing the rest of us to make up his personal savings.”

Biss has said on numerous occasions that he would only consider taxing retirement income of millionaires and billionaires to reduce the burden on the middle class, and only after the Illinois Constitution has been amended to allow for a progressive income tax.

The only voters who are gonna see that response are reading this blog post right now, unless Biss has the money to air a TV ad.

* Back to the Simon poll

However, in a follow-up question in which only retirement income above $100,000 would be taxed, majorities are in favor. Combining the 22 percent who favored it in the first question with the 52 percent of the 745 initial opponents who would favor it with the exemption, 60 percent of the total sample favor taxing retirement income above $100,000.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

14 Comments
  1. - Stephanie - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 4:17 pm:

    “The only voters who are gonna see that response are reading this blog post right now”

    How many voters read your blog? And what percent do you suppose are still undecided?


  2. - Grand Avenue - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 4:18 pm:

    Kennedy got SJ-R & just gave himself another $250k


  3. - wordslinger - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 4:19 pm:

    That spot is big trouble if Biss and Kennedy can’t respond effectively.


  4. - Almost the Weekend - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 4:22 pm:

    I can’t tell if Pritzker is doing this because his consultants are milking him for every penny or if internal polling shows that Biss and Kennedy are still close in the rear view mirror. Better safe than sorry, but the positive campaign is no longer and there is gonna need to be a unified moment to defeat the Bruce


  5. - Old Hard R - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 4:26 pm:

    Saw the Add earlier today while working out and the old guy next to me said “ well I’m glad I didn’t do early voting “ that tells me something


  6. - Precinct Captain - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 4:26 pm:

    ==The only voters who are gonna see that response are reading this blog post right now, unless Biss has the money to air a TV ad.==

    Well, all that Bernie money, ya know. lol


  7. - Anonish - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 4:35 pm:

    That $250k may have already been spent on airing the Aykroyd ad. Will he cut another check to produce and air a response to this or hope that Biss does it and doesn’t him in same breath


  8. - Arsenal - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 4:37 pm:

    ==or if internal polling shows that Biss and Kennedy are still close in the rear view mirror==

    The thing is, “close” is kind of a moving-target in a three way race. Even if he’s up on the #2 guy by double digits, he can’t let that #3 guy just completely melt away.


  9. - Shytown - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 4:41 pm:

    Counting down the 11 days left till election day …


  10. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 4:41 pm:

    So Pritzker won’t support taxing millionaire retirees?


  11. - Arsenal - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 4:43 pm:

    ==That $250k may have already been spent on airing the Aykroyd ad.==

    That one didn’t really look like a TV ad.

    But we’re 11 days out. Do they really want to spend that time and money on a response ad?


  12. - lake county democrat - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 4:46 pm:

    Smart beyond words - we may see new young voters this primary, but we may not - the diehards skew towards the AARP crowd. As another thread on Capitol Fax went today, “tax the other guy.”


  13. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 7:32 pm:

    Ouch.

    You cannot really immediately respond to that ad.

    You PRAY politifact looks into the ad and you get enough earned media That you can turn into an add about desperate false attack and get the add running by…next Wednesday? For three days? Not much help.


  14. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 7:07 pm:

    I’m so glad I checked online to see what the facts were about Daniel Biss wanting to tax pensions. I was leaning toward voting for him. Now I will.


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