(CNSNews.com) – Brandon Johnson, the leftist mayor-elect of Chicago, says he wants to spend more money on public safety, but he’s not talking about police funding.
And he said he’ll raise the money he wants to spend from the people and the corporations that have it.
Solving Chicago’s crime crisis requires “more money toward the areas of needs,” Johnson told CBS News on Thursday:
Those needs include year-round jobs for young people and sending social workers and counselors on calls “that require those types of interventions.”
Asked how he will pay for it, Johnson ruled out higher property taxes:
“That’s been the lazy form of governance for a very long time in the city of Chicago, and quite frankly, around the country. You know, the words that President Biden indicated in his (State of the) Union address, he said that a teacher and a firefighter should not pay the same tax rate as a millionaire and a billionaire.
“What we’re going to have to do is to find the revenue from individuals who have the means to actually contribute to a safer city,” he said.
“Look, the bottom line is this: We have large corporations, 70 percent of large corporations in…the State of Illinois did not pay a corporate tax. 70 percent of large corporations in the state of Illinois did not pay a corporate tax,” he repeated.
“And it’s that type of restraint on our budget that has caused the type of disinvestment that has led to poverty, of course, that has led to violence.”
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