And what have workers gotten in return?
The state is still broke. Spending is on the upswing. Bills are still going unpaid.
And guess what?
Now they are talking about taking the “temporary” out of the income tax increase.
Some lawmakers and pundits are saying it’s time for Illinois to make the tax hike permanent while others are saying perhaps we out to move back the law’s January 2015 sunset date.
To both proposed laws I can only say, baloney.
The state hasn’t used the extra money wisely this year or in 2013, 2012 or 2011...
What makes our leaders think they will start using it wisely if it becomes permanent?
State revenues are at their highest level in Illinois’ 198-year history.
Springfield has a problem with spending — not revenue.
It’s time for our lawmakers to say “goodbye” to the tax hike and embrace difficult spending decisions.
Scott Reeder is a veteran statehouse reporter and the journalist in residence at the Illinois Policy Institute. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.