Rep. Caulkins at a loss why Pritzker, Democrats 'try so hard to drive businesses out of Illinois'
Illinois state Rep. Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) hardly recognizes his own state's government anymore.
“What’s happening is this state is starting to look more and more like something run by a foreign government,” Caulkins told the Chambana Sun. “This governor and Chicago Democrats are running their agenda and care about little else.”
As the latest example, Caulkins cited the Democratic push led by Gov. J.B. Pritzker of his progressive tax proposal. The Illinois House Revenue & Finance Committee recently approved a constitutional amendment that brings the measure a step closer to reality
Following its 9-6 committee passage, Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 1 (SJRCA 1) will now go before the full House for a vote, where topping 71 votes will assure it of appearing on the 2020 ballot for in the form of a referendum question for voters.
“In Springfield, there is a mindset that does not believe in free enterprise, and Democrats are constantly trying to prove they know how to run a business better than the people that own them even though 90 percent of them have never run one," Caulkins said."They just continue to introduce one bad bill after another. I can’t fathom why we try so hard to drive businesses out of Illinois.”
Caulkins said all his interactions with voters about the progressive tax and other policies put forth by Democrats lead him to believe people are finally ready for change.
“People that understand what’s happening are not pleased by it,” he said. “Democrats are totally destroying the economy of this state. It’s all just tax, tax, tax. Their whole belief seems to be that entrepreneurs and business owners are bad and they need to pay dearly for the privilege of running their business.”