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June 4, 2014

Expect a bumpy ride

(Continued)

There are elements within state government and among those who enrich themselves at taxpayer’s expense that so want a tax hike that they are willing to do anything to ensure it happens.

No serious efforts were made to cut overall state spending despite Illinois having $5 billion in unpaid bills and the worst funded pension system in the nation.

Why?

Because some politicians would rather jack up your taxes instead.

Back in 2011 when lawmakers raised our taxes by 67 percent and promised it would be temporary, we were assured it was just to get the state’s fiscal house in order.

But Illinois remains the economic basket case of the Midwest.

Our unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation.

And now the politicians are trying to go back on their word and make the tax permanent.

If they didn’t put the state’s fiscal house in order with the last tax hike, why would we think they would with another one?

I haven’t heard a satisfactory answer to that question.

Taxpayers won a victory Friday when the legislature adjourned without raising taxes.

But the war is far from over.

Hang on, it’s going to be one heck of a fight.

Scott Reeder is a veteran statehouse reporter and a journalist with the Illinois News Network, a project of the Illinois Policy Institute. He can be reached at sreeder@illinoispolicy.org.

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