New far-left Chicago mayor blames city's crime problem on businesses not paying taxes

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On Tuesday, far-left former union organizer Brandon Johnson was elected mayor of Chicago, and said that the city’s historic crime crisis, which included 695 homicides in 2022, was a result of large businesses not paying enough in taxes.

According to the Daily Mail, Johnson said, “70 percent of large corporations in the state of Illinois don’t pay a corporate tax. It’s that type of restraint on our budget that has caused the type if disinvestment that has led to poverty, of course that has led to violence.”

The Daily Mail notes that Johnson, who also called for an additional $80 million to be raised for the city by raising taxes,  did not “give the source for his claim.”

47-year-old Johnson defeated former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas and will replace outgoing Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Johnson is a progressive, Bernie Sanders-endorsed Democrat and Vallas was slightly more moderate and was backed by Chicago’s police union.

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