Chico Blasts ‘Rahm Tax’

CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel has proposed what he characterizes as a city sales-tax cut. Opponent Gery Chico says it’s actually the biggest tax increase in the city’s history.

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine says it’s actually both: a 20 percent cut in the city’s portion of the current sales tax with an extension of the entire tax to some items not currently taxed.

Exactly what goods and services are we talking about? That’s the rub.

“You need a plumber? You’re going to pay the Rahm tax. You need a taxi cab? You’re going to pay the Rahm tax. You need to park your car? You’re going to pay the Rahm tax,” Chico said Friday, a day after he began hammering Emanuel on the issue at a mayoral debate.

Emanuel responded to Chico’s charges at an event in Uptown and again during an interview with CBS 2 at his campaign headquarters. Emanuel suggested he’s targeting the wealthy with his revenue idea.

“I’m for a lower sales tax for working families and making sure that people who rent charter jets for corporations, limos, join clubs like Saddle & Cycle do pay. They haven’t,” Emanuel said.

Emanuel says details of the tax would be negotiated with Springfield.

“What I’m being clear about is what are essential services versus what are some of these luxury items,” he told Levine.

Emanuel said he would not tax haircuts. Chico suggested otherwise at his own appearance at a Hyde Park barber shop. There, a mysterious limo showed up bearing a sign saying “Gery’s Tax Free Ride.”

Also Friday, Emanuel answered questions about a new radio commercial that features remarks President Obama made recently while bidding farewell to his Emanuel, his chief of staff.

“We are all very excited for Rahm as he takes on a new challenge for which he is extraordinarily well-qualified,” Obama said.

Emanuel says the ad is just a record of what the president said. He conceded that Obama is aware his comments are now being used in the campaign spot.

It’s not clear whether the president will make a formal endorsement in the mayoral race or this is as far as he’ll go. But Emanuel’s association with the president has been enormously helpful, especially among African-American voters.

  • Wallace Gator Bradley

    This guy Rahm s a very tricky person, takes words that was recorded awhile ago and give the impression that the President has gave him an endorsement to fool the people, black people for sure, he need to use the tape conversation with his own voice from those Blago tapes that will be used in the crimnal trail that’s coming up in April so the people will know how corrupt his intention was for coming back to Chicago.

  • Legato1

    Emanuel must be dellusional. Poor people never uses taxis, plumbers, park a car? He is so out of touch. Remember, the power to tax, is the power todestroy.

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  • greg

    Silly rabbits tricks are for kid’s (nanotechnology) Dock Walls for Mayor.

  • Maggie

    It must be a certain kind of weird entertainment for rahm’s people to be sending over limo’s to try and mock a much better candidate. rahm’s campaign have money to throw away on practical jokes, like, let’s say silly rich kids have on overpriced clothes. Although, sadly for rahm’s failed jokesters, they don’t understand the joke. It fell flat and they wasted money. But they do now have plenty of money to throw around. Pity they weren’t in the limo and got out and had a tit for tat with Chico about the new proposed crazy Rahm tax. I’d bet they’d be running home after their limo….peeing in their pants. Now, that would be funny!

  • Chuck_Y

    Chicago is in a budget crisis and Gery Chico is the most qualified candidate to serve the city. His experience planning 16 budgets will be important once he is elected as mayor. I believe Chico will have the courage to make the tough needed decisions. I am not a fan of Rahm tax plans; it hides the real problem of operational inefficiencies, which Chicago has plenty. Gery did an excellent job at the debate; I hope uninformed voters watched it!

    Carol & Miguel illustrated through raising barely any campaign funds that they surrounded themselves with incompetent leaders. My gut instincts do not trust Rahm; his $320k easy job of sitting on six Freddie Mac boards helps confirm that.

  • michelle

    Chico the Man and Rahm the Ruler are nuts. After watching debate Rahm mistakely said he visited voters on 89th and Dan Ryan? There is no L stop on 89th and Dan Ryan. I’m done! I’d vote for Patricia Watkins instead.

  • homeboy

    the piper plays on, do we follow him?

  • Marty Dooley

    I’m not sure how one of Rahm’s ad commercials can justify it’s claim of saving people $200 by reducing the Chicago SalesTtax rate by 20%. This would only be true for people who spend $80,000. The real math is the rate is 1.25%. 20% = .0025%. $80,000 divided by .0025 = $200.00.

    I so hope the election and the bogus manipulation of words and figures is over soon!!

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