Wow, finally a lame-brained measure proposed by Springfield democrats that got crushed before it got started. Yesterday, the House defeated a proposal that would have doubled the state income tax from 3% to 6% for those making over $250,000/yr. While that would have affected only about 107,000 Illinois taxpayers, I understand about 45,000 of them are located in Cook County. Wonder if that had anything to do with it. Fact is, a low, flat tax is about the only pro-business attribute of Illinois' economic environment that is left. Leave it to some Dems to try to tax us to death regardless. Maybe the next move will be for border counties to start seceding to Wisconsin. Heck, we'll even take Palatine with us if they want to come.
House GOP Leader Tom Cross said it best: "What are we doing? 'So, here's $3 billion, Gov. Blagojevich's administration. Go do whatever you want with it?' … Wait a minute," Cross said.
Let's face it folks, on balance, Springfield is broken. We look to be headed for more three-way battles between the Gov., Senate President Emil Jones, and House Speaker Michael Madigan. And, a poll released yesterday shows Governor Rod Blagojevich's approval rating at a miserable 13% (h/t: Capitol Fax Blog). One of the major GOP strategies this fall will be to tie every state legislator into the nuttiness in Springfield, and paint them as Blago's best friend. Think it will work? Consider this a state legislature (madhouse) open thread.