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‘We have your back’ – Grunt Style Army Veteran CEO is giving employees pay raise to cover Illinois income tax increase

July 31, 2017

Veteran-owned and -operated military apparel company Grunt Style is unapologetically patriotic. The company loves freedom, bacon and whiskey – and also its more than 300 employees.

CEO Daniel Alarik recently vowed to give his employees a raise in order to cover the Illinois state income tax increase, he said.

Legislators in Illinois recently hiked the state income tax by 32 percent, which means personal income tax rates will increase by 1.2 percent for individuals, from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent.

“Our guys bust their butts day after day just to get by. It’s unfair for a state who can’t balance a budget to take it out on the men and women who just want to take care of their families,” Alarik recently told American Military News. “Therefore, if it costs us a bit more to ensure our guys are taken care of, it’s not a financial decision – it’s just the right thing to do.”

Alarik also recently posted to his Facebook page.

“I feel this is an unfair burden to many of our team members here [at Grunt Style],” he wrote. “So starting today, we’re going to give all 300+ members of our team a pay raise to make up the difference.”

“To Grunt Style,” he wrote: “You bust your butts for us all day. We have your back.”

To the state of Illinois, Alarik wrote to “fix yourself and don’t mess with my team.”

And “to other business,” he wrote: “It’s a tough call, but if you can make the numbers work, stand with us.”