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Letter: Resign, retire or be replaced

Let’s not beat around the bush.

Republican state Reps. Steve Andersson, R-Geneva, and Mike Fortner, R-West Chicago, have so poorly represented taxpayers by voting for a permanent 32 percent income tax increase without any significant reforms to public pensions, Medicaid eligibility, property taxes (not even temporary), term limits, job protection/creation, etc., that they need to resign, retire or be replaced.

More of your money spent on status quo in Springfield and Chicago! Andersson and Fortner fell in line with downtown Chicago Democrat Mike Madigan’s interests to tax and spend their own suburban constituents’ income without fundamental improvements.

According to the front page of a Sunday Chicago newspaper, if you’re a senior citizen struggling to live on $25,000, your income tax will now be $1,080 a year; a two-income family with perhaps both parents working, who are fortunate enough to earn $100,000, will now pay $4,519 a year; and a single adult with no dependents earning $40,000 will be required to pay $1,872 a year. Where will you find the money? Thank state Reps. Steve Andersson and Mike Fortner.

What is really incredible about the increase is that your budget negotiators secured nothing in return for your sacrifice. That is capitulation and incompetent political representation.

Some people say, “If you don’t like Illinois tax policies, why don’t you just move out of state?” (This is a tragic but desperate decision that too many of our neighbors are making!) But, people cannot afford to move because of low home prices, and why should they leave their families, friends and everything familiar in their lives just to pay for more Andersson and Fortner government?

Better for us to require that politicians like Andersson and Fortner resign, retire or be replaced. They run in Republican primaries promising fiscal conservatism, then betray us at the crucial moment and tax us more without fundamental reforms.

During the past five years, Kane County government has stopped the historical onslaught of 50 percent property tax increases accumulated over the previous seven years. We have cut county bond debt by 67 percent and reduced unfunded pension liabilities by more than $10 million. All these savings without diminishing the quality of county services.

It’s hard to contain growth in government, but our state representatives must have the discipline and intelligence to at least try!

Fortner and Andersson should resign, retire or be replaced on March 20, 2018 – the date of the Republican primary.

Chris Lauzen

Former 20-year state senator and Kane County Board chairman

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