Illinois's 12th District (IL - 12)
It is critical that voters in southern Illinois know about retired General Bill Enyart. He worked on an assembly line, served his country, and has a plan to create good jobs for middle class families in Illinois.
But Jason Plummer’s plan gives tax breaks to corporations and millionaires like himself while forcing higher costs for the middle class and providing incentives to outsource jobs to countries like India and China. Southern Illinois families need to know that multimillionaire Plummer will benefit directly from his votes in Congress but he is hiding his tax returns, refusing to show us just how much he’ll personally benefit from his tax plan.
Plummer is Worth Between $13.6 Million and $33.1 Million. “Plummer listed a personal worth -- excluding liabilities -- at between $13.6 million and $33.1 million” [Belleville News-Democrat, 8/20/12]
Plummer Refused to Release His Tax Returns, Falsely Claims All His Financial Information is Publicly Available. In an October 10, 2012 debate Plummer again refused to release his tax rates, and falsely claimed “anything that people want to know about my assets, my investments, any liabilities, anything I have, it’s all public information you can go look it up.” In reality, Plummer has never released his tax returns. [Belleville News-Democrat’s 12th Congressional District Debate, 10/10/12; St. Louis Post Dispatch, 2/23/12]
Plummer “Thinks The Benefits Of The Ryan Plan Are Pretty Obvious.” At a June 2012 town hall, Plummer was asked if he supported the Ryan plan. He answered “The specifics of it are pretty simple. I think that the Ryan plan aggressively addresses basically every entitlement program that we have. […] I think the benefits of the Ryan plan are pretty obvious. They aggressively put Social Security in a situation where it will actually be there for people that are retiring. It puts Medicare in a situation that it will actually be there to fund the healthcare needs of the people that it’s there for. The negatives of the Ryan care are very political to be frank.” [Alton Town Hall, 6/12/12, 2:07]
Ryan Budget Gives Tax Breaks To Millionaires, $6,400 in Extra Health Care Costs To Seniors. “People with incomes over $1 million would receive average tax cuts of $125,000 a year” under the Ryan budget plan, but the average senior’s annual out-of-pocket costs would more than double – from $6,150 to $12,500, or by $6,350. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 4/20/11, 4/07/11]
Supported Fair Tax. At a June 2012 town hall meeting, Plummer expressed support for the Fair tax saying “The Fair Tax is a- it’s not complex but it’s a big process but essentially it’s a consumption based tax code policy and I think there’s a lot of merit to that.” [Jason Plummer Town Hall, Alton, Il, Part 1, 6/12/12]
Fair Tax Would Give Tax Cut to Top One Percent. According to a post on the Washington Post Wonkblog, under the Fair Tax “The top 1 percent would see an average tax cut of $225,000.” [Washington Post, 8/24/11]