Fact Check Friday - 9/18/2020

Minority Whip Durbin a career politician that has served for 37 consecutive years in the House and Senate.  Sen. Durbin is responsible for businesses and people leaving Illinois.  His policies and failure to lead has led to Illinois being bankrupt.  According to the Chicago Tribune since the turn of the decade, Illinois has lost more residents than any other state, with a drop of about 159,700 people.”  As the population shrinks, the potential tax base dries up.  Unfortunately, many of Illinoiscosts, such as pension liabilities are fixed costs and will not likely shrink.  Therefore, fewer people will have to carry the load of higher taxes primarily due to the mismanagement of resources.  Also, the state of Illinois finances makes the state less desirable for new businesses.  

According to the U.S. Census Bureau study of worker migration from Illinois to other states shows 166,120 workers left Illinois in 2015, compared to 135, 516 in 2012.  Also, the North American Moving Services 2017 survey said Illinois was the number one outbound state for the third time since 2011, with 68 percent of the moves leaving the state.  The following are just some of the major corporations that have left Illinois in the last ten years: Brachs Candy Company, General Mills in West Chicago, Mondelez International in Chicago, Jelly Belly, Food Warming Equipment Company, Kenall Manufacturing, and Butterball LLC in Montgomery.  When those companies left, their tax revenues and jobs with them.  As your U.S. Senator, I will fight to attract businesses to Illinois and keep the businesses we have.

Lets examine Sen. Durbins record of voting against Illinois families when it comes to taxes.  

Senator Durbins Failed Record on Taxes

  • In 2000, Durbin voted against The Marriage Tax Relief Bill.  The bill passed the Senate on a vote of 60-34.  The bill provided $89.8 billion in tax relief for married couples (Vote Smart Facts Matter)

  • In 2003, Durbin voted “No” on the Jobs and Economic Growth Bill.  The legislation passed the Senate and provided $20 billion to states for Medicaid.  The bill accelerated the child tax credit to increase in 2003, instead of 2006 (Vote Smart Facts Matter)

  • In 2004, Durbin voted against JOBS (Jumpstart our Business Strength).  The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 69-17.  The bill provided $145 billion in new tax reductions to U.S. Corporations.  The bill reduced the corporate tax rate from 35% to 32% for domestic manufacturers and small corporations (Vote Smart Facts Matter)

  • In 2006, Durbin voted “No” on The Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act.  That bill extended the expensing limits on investments of depreciable assets for businesses through 2010 (Vote Smart Facts Matter)

  • In 2017, Durbin voted “No” on The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  The bill passed the Senate and was signed into law December 22, 2017.  The bill increased the standard deduction to $24,000 for married individuals filing jointly.  It increased the child tax credit to $2,000 from $1,400.  The bill reduced the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% (Vote Smart Facts Matter)

Dr. Willie Wilson is a humanitarian and businessman.  He is an independent candidate for the United States Senate.  For more information please contact Dr. Wilson at www.williewilsonforsenate2020.com