Brolley: “Congressman Hultgren won’t face his constituents because he doesn’t want to tell them he voted to raise taxes on the middle class.”
Montgomery, IL – On Thursday, Democrat Matt Brolley, who is running to challenge Congressman Hultgren in Illinois’ 14th District in 2018, held a town hall focused on the Republican tax plan that Congressman Hultgren voted for earlier in November.
“Congressman Hultgren’s tax plan overwhelmingly favors the rich and corporations at the expense of middle class families in the 14th District,” said Brolley.
Dozens of people attended the event at the First Congregational Church of Geneva. Many were shocked to learn of the details of the bill, which would hurt families in the 14th District. Hultgren’s plan guts the State and Local Tax deduction that allows Americans to deduct what they pay in property and state income taxes from their federal returns. More than 45% of residents in the 14th district used the deduction last year to claim more than $5 billion in federal tax relief.
“I wish I could sit here and tell you why Congressman Hultgren would vote for this bill,” said Brolley. “But there is no world in which I would ever support raising taxes on the middle class. And there is no world in which the wealthy and big corporations need more tax giveaways.”
Late Friday night, the Senate passed their own version of a tax cut, which will reportedly raise taxes on those making $40,000-$50,000 per year by $5.3 billion dollars, according to the New York Times.
“I urge Congressman Hultgren to vote against this, or any version of a tax bill that will raise taxes on the middle class,” said Brolley. “And Illinois will be hit particularly hard. So Congressman Hultgren has a choice to make: vote with the people he is supposed to represent, or side with the wealthy and huge corporations.”
Noting that Congressman Hultgren has refused to hold any town hall with his constituents, Brolley said “Congressman Hultgren won’t face his constituents because he doesn’t want to tell them he voted to raise taxes on the middle class. Well if he won’t do his job, I’m happy to do it for him.”