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Old October 15th, 2015, 03:14 PM   #1
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Taxes really suck.

Illinois collects more in taxes per person than every neighboring state, according to new research from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.
But Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, thinks otherwise. “Our taxes are dramatically lower than all the states around us,” Cullerton said on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight on Sept. 28.
Cullerton couldn’t be more wrong. Illinois collects $3,008 in state-tax revenue per Illinoisan, nearly $200 more per person than the highest-taxing neighboring state, Wisconsin. Only 13 other states in the country take in more tax revenue per person than Illinois.

Moreover, what these numbers do not show is the massive local-tax burden that Illinoisans also must shoulder. Illinois residents pay the second-highest effective property-tax rates in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation. Illinois’ local governments take in more property-tax revenue per person than those of any neighboring state, and more than governments in all but nine states in the country.

Springfield’s political elite, such as Cullerton and House Speaker Mike Madigan, apparently believe that Illinois doesn’t have a spending problem, but rather that Illinois residents simply aren’t taxed enough.
But the fact is that state government has been on an unsustainable spending spree for decades.
Growth in state spending outpaced personal-income growth in Illinois by a 63-point margin from 1992 to 2013.
From 1969 to 2012, Illinois’ state and local tax collections grew at close to double the rate of income growth for most Illinoisans. Per-capita income for Illinoisans in metropolitan areas grew by 66% while state and local tax collection per capita grew by 121%.
The sky-high property taxes that Illinoisans pay? Those go to fund nearly 7,000 units of local government – the most numerous of any state in the U.S. That’s 2,129 more government agencies than Pennsylvania, the state with the next-highest tally. And with all those units of local government come government-worker pension funds; Illinois has more than any state in the U.S. As of 2012, Illinois contained 43% of the nation’s government-worker pension funds.
Illinois residents have been voting with their feet against this ever-higher tax burden and the dismal jobs climate that comes with it by moving to states with better economic opportunities, such as Texas and Florida.
Regardless of whether Illinois’ career politicians accept the facts, righting Illinois’ fiscal ship with pro-growth reforms is the only sustainable way to grow Illinois’ tax base. Accelerating the pace of revenue growth with tax increases alone – rather than addressing the problems that beset the state’s economy – is emblematic of the failed status quo that has steered the Land of Lincoln so far off course.



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Old July 15th, 2016, 11:52 AM   #2
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Why Illinois sucks.

You’ve heard the old saying “Home is where the heart is.”

For many middle-class families in Illinois, however, home is where the hurt is. That’s because Illinois now has the highest property taxes in the nation.

Our median property-tax rate is more than twice the national median rate. We’ve reached a point where some Illinois homeowners pay more in property taxes than they do on their mortgages.

All of this begs the question: Why are property taxes so high?

Because Illinois has more taxing bodies than any other state in the country.

In fact, Illinois has nearly 7,000 of them – that’s 1,800 more than the next-highest state, Texas. Many of these units of local government are overlapping and duplicative. They contribute to Illinois’ growing debt, waste and corruption.

It’s time for this to change.

That’s why we’re leading the charge to consolidate these duplicative layers of government and give homeowners the property-tax relief they deserve.

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Separate states do not makes sense and neither do taxes. One state with all wealth controlled by the state. Then the wealth will be distributed equally among the workers according to his or her need.
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Separate states do not makes sense and neither do taxes. One state with all wealth controlled by the state. Then the wealth will be distributed equally among the workers according to his or her need.
Thanks, I am going to read your statement three more times to find out which side you are on. It started conservative and ended liberal. You must be a middle of the road guy like I am.
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Thanks, I am going to read your statement three more times to find out which side you are on. It started conservative and ended liberal. You must be a middle of the road guy like I am.
I am a communist who believes in strict state control of all wealth and means of production. I subscribe to the school of the great leader Vladimir Lenin
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I take you for your word.
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Being in CT, it always amuses me to read from people in other states about how high their taxes are. I'm sure people in CA and NJ feel the same way.
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Being in CT, it always amuses me to read from people in other states about how high their taxes are. I'm sure people in CA and NJ feel the same way.
Really?
Taxes suck?
That's one side of a transaction, how do you judge a transaction by looking at one side?
If I say $1000, if it's for a hamburger, it's a bad deal, if it's for a new car it's a great deal. If it's a months pay, it sucks, if it's a day's pay, it's probably pretty good.

What do you get for those taxes?
Apparently enough so you stay where you are and pay those taxes.

Why complain about taxes in Illinois, move to Houston, and get what you get there for the taxes you pay there.

I wish I paid less taxes, but I stay where I am, because I like it here, and it's worth it.
And really, so does almost everyone who whines about taxes.
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Why Illinois sucks.

You’ve heard the old saying “Home is where the heart is.”

For many middle-class families in Illinois, however, home is where the hurt is. That’s because Illinois now has the highest property taxes in the nation.

Our median property-tax rate is more than twice the national median rate. We’ve reached a point where some Illinois homeowners pay more in property taxes than they do on their mortgages.

All of this begs the question: Why are property taxes so high?

Because Illinois has more taxing bodies than any other state in the country.

In fact, Illinois has nearly 7,000 of them – that’s 1,800 more than the next-highest state, Texas. Many of these units of local government are overlapping and duplicative. They contribute to Illinois’ growing debt, waste and corruption.

It’s time for this to change.

That’s why we’re leading the charge to consolidate these duplicative layers of government and give homeowners the property-tax relief they deserve.

Kristina Rasmussen
President and Chief Operating Officer

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