LEAKED EMAIL: “We need a gas tax”: Illinois GOP candidate Bruce Rauner
In a leaked email, Illinois GOP candidate Bruce Rauner stated support for a gas tax to improve Illinois infrastructure, calling supporters “idiots.”
In the past, Rauner had stated “tax increases are the wrong way to go. If we want a balanced budget in Illinois, we need to take the regulatory burden off of small businesses, and put Americans instead of illegal aliens first.”
For the first two and half years of Rauner’s term, lawmakers failed to pass a budget out of the General Assembly. The third year, Rauner voted in support of a budget with a $5 billion tax hike. In interviews and speeches, he has stated that Illinois Democrats were “idealistic socialists,” but based on this email sent to campaign manager Betsy Ankney he indicated more alignment than opposition to “socialist” tax policies.