There will come a time when all sides can dispassionately discuss the great Illinois income tax deal of 2011.
Today is not that day.
Today is a day for anger. Our Springfield leaders have failed us in producing a one-sided monstrosity that will cause true pain, avoids needed decisions, makes it markedly harder to get a job in a state with too few and, worst of all, won’t really solve the state’s fundamental budget problems.
I wish this normally left-leaning blogger could report otherwise. I can’t. This one is indefensible.
As our colleage Carl from Chicago so aptly puts it: Stone-cold redistributionists run our state.
Greg Hinz concludes:
So, the folks who run Springfield can talk about how they made the tough decision. But, I think, they instead acted like another fellow who just decided to grab everything he could get. That would be Todd Stroger, father of the nation’s highest sales tax and, as of this writing, the former president of the Cook County Board.
We’ll have to see how the taxpayers of Illinois react. But if this taxpayer is typical, watch out.
Greg is right. But it is a long time until the next election.