Illinois, short of cash, aims to give away more money

The state of Illinois is facing a $13 billion budget deficit and owes its suppliers (many of them in Illinois) more than $4 billion, so what does the Illinois House do?

Pass legislation that will put the state up to $50 million more into hock.
This measure is beyond cynical: It will allow shoppers a week-long break from paying the state's share of the sales tax on school supplies and cheap clothing. This is another one of those "gotchas" designed to make anyone who opposes look like an anti-kid troglodyte. (Details are here and here.)

The bill's chief sponsor, Rep. Keith Farnham (D-Elgin), intoned the rhetoric: "This is about people being able to take their kids and bring them to school with a sense of respect.. This will create jobs, and it will help families."

Sure, sure. I suppose that Farnham's bill has nothing to do with the fact that he faces a tough race from Republicans in the November election. When your re- election is in doubt, fall back on the old formula: give something more away.


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  • we have to wonder how our" elected officials" had the time to give away money that we can not afford to give away but can't figure out a budget.just remember in november....these people are just something to scrape off the bottom of our shoes

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