Illinois can't heal itself, doctor says in run for House seat
Dr. Jay Kinzler made up his mind to run for a House seat after watching friends and families suffer under Illinois' tax burden.
“I came to the conclusion that I could either complain about it and watch my friends and family and neighbors leave, or I could try to do something about it,” Kinzler told the DuPage Policy Journal.
Kinzler said he hears the same message everywhere he goes on the campaign trail.
"The one thing that everybody says is that is what they need ... they need tax relief, Kinzler said. "They are very emotional about it and very determined about it. They are confirming there is a problem out there.”
The Illinois Policy organization has reported that taxes have grown two times quicker than inflation in Illinois and the taxpayer burden has increased 14 times faster than the state’s population.
Based on what he has seen, Kinzler said the tax pain has hit everybody in every demographic.
“People from all walks of life, whether they are retired or working; people of all nationalities; people who are Democrats, Republicans,” he said. “I identify myself as Republican, but this is one kind of unifying issue that everybody agreed on: that the taxes are just too high.”
One of the ways Kinzler believes he can tackle the tax pain is by reducing regulation.
“Springfield puts a lot of mandated regulations, and one example, for instance, is the prevailing wage act,” he said, arguing that the act has reduced interest in public projects.
“When companies are bidding against each other, you can get the lowest possible bid," he said. "But when there are all these restrictions and regulations and mandates from Springfield, these companies just aren't interested in bidding on some of these public projects."
Kinzler is running for District 46, which includes all or part of Glendale Heights, Carol Stream and Villa Park. Rep. Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park) is the incumbent.