CRAIN'S: Why a progressive income tax is a bad idea for Illinois

By Matt Murphy

“Eleven years ago this month, Illinois Democrats took over the governor's mansion and both houses of the Legislature. They have maintained that control ever since. Over that time, the ruling Democrats have nearly doubled state spending to an all-time high of $35.9 billion and increased taxes by 67 percent — also to a record high.

Unfortunately, this tax-and-spend-on-steroids approach has not worked for the rest of us. Illinois' unemployment rate is the fourth-highest in the nation, and the state's deficit is largely unchanged three years into the last temporary tax increase, which took a week's pay per year from working Illinoisans. Poverty is up by a third here on the Democrats' watch…”

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Evan Walker