From the campaign of John Bambenek for State Senate (52nd District)…
Frerichs is Celebrating in Charlotte with the DNC and is Out of Touch with Voters
CHAMPAIGN, IL (September 5, 2012) — While out of touch State Senator Mike Frerich’s is at then Democratic National Convention as a delegate, he is failing to meet the needs of his constituents in a time of economic crisis. Frerichs, a Democratic Party convention delegate, supports
President Obama and continues to ignore the problems at home in the 52nd District.
Sen. Frerichs authored the 67% Illinois State income tax increase that has increased the burden on working families and local businesses in the 52nd district to the point that many have left the district and Illinois in pursuit of a better business climate and lower costs. The increased tax burden drove members of Frerichs’ family to move their business to Indiana. It has forced job creators and jobs out of the state. Due to this, the district has one of the highest unemployment rates in Illinois. Sen. Frerichs is the reason the 67% income tax increase passed, as he cast the deciding vote in the State Senate. He is the reason for the tax hike that has failed to solve the state’s fiscal problems and instead has exacerbated the economic crisis the state faces.
In addition, Frerichs has done nothing to deal with the problems facing the state budget, including the $83 billion in unfunded pension debt. In fact, he has been a part of the problem. Frerichs voted for SB 788 in the 95th General Assembly, former Governor Blagojevich’s proposal to borrow $16 billion through pension bonds and reduce cash payments to avoid paying $500 million in legally required payments into the pension fund. Frerichs supported this 2008 Democratic Party proposal, giving the corrupt Governor unlimited authority to hand out fees and no-bid contracts to his supporters and funnel millions into pork-barrel projects. This violated state law, cost taxpayers $38 billion over 30 years, and has left our children and grandchildren to make the largest payments.
Bambenek said, “Mike Frerichs is out of touch with voters and his income tax hike cost the 52nd District over ten thousand jobs. Since Senator Frerich’s took office the unemployment rate in the 52nd District has nearly doubled to over 10%. He is part of the problem, not part of the solution. The solution is to roll back taxes, reform our regulatory environment and pension system funding, and reduce state spending. These proposals I support will return jobs and renew our communities.”