State House hopeful Ruocco urges opponent to discuss real issues
Katherine Ruocco, the Republican candidate for state House District 113, recently spoke out regarding her Democratic opponent, Jay Hoffman, and his refusal to discuss the issues that the state faces.
"Illinois career politicians fail to acknowledge the catastrophic path we are on ... as exemplified by my opponent, who, instead of addressing Illinois' problems, votes to double our debt, keep the massive tax hike up his sleeve until after the November election -- and then on the campaign trail won't even discuss these issues," Ruocco said. "He tries to distract from them by being critical of our campaign using an inexpensive keychain in our literature bags."
Ruocco pointed out that her opponent also voted in favor of the unbalanced budget passed by the House in May. If that budget had passed, the state comptroller estimated that the Illinois income tax would have doubled from 3.75 percent to 7.5 percent to pay for $12 billion in past-due bills.
Ruocco also reminded voters that the stopgap budget recently passed by the legislature merely delays the budget fight until after the November election. While the bill funded K-12 education and provided a $625 million bailout for Chicago Public Schools, it did not resolve the ongoing budget issues.
"Perhaps if my opponent considered budgetary constraints also, Illinois wouldn't rate the worst state in the nation for its fiscal health, having to do yet another taxpayer bailout of even more than the one that ended in 2014, which increased our state income tax by 67 percent," Ruocco said. "With my opponent's spending bill, our comptroller stated we're looking at more than doubling our state income tax rate. I oppose this madness -- please support me in November and let's stop this wrongful taking of our hard-earned dollars."