Illinois Democrats install REGRESSIVE taxes and fees

All we hear from Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his henchpersons is how they are the only ones looking out for the middle class and poor.

They cite as Exhibit A the "progressive" income tax that will hit only the wealthy and give a break (albeit small) for most taxpayers.

Swell. Except that the new taxes and fees the they are installing will hurt the people who can least afford them. That's called a regressive tax.

J.B. Pritzker. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

J.B. Pritzker. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Lets go through them as listed by the Chicago Tribune:

  • The gas tax will double, zooming up to 34 cents a gallon. Think of the South and West side residents who need to drive to their jobs in the northwest suburbs because they can't get there by public transportation
  • License plate fees will rise by $50 to $151 annually, imposing an extra burden on the above drivers. (By the way, a charge for electric vehicles will zoom up to $248 annually from $35 for two years. Environmentalists worried about global warming should be furious.)
  • The tax on a  pack of cigarets will rise to $2.98, a $1 increase. The tax will fall heaviest on the poor who tend to smoke more.
  • Online sales tax will be extended to more purchases. So much for middle class shoppers who are trying to save money by buying on the internet.
  • Two of six new casinos will be opened in Chicago and south suburbs, areas that are home to people who can least afford to lose.
  • Video gambling and legalized sports betting will be taxed at 15 percent. Again, those who can least afford it will be hit most.

By the way, Illinois lawmakers also trampled on middle class taxpayers--especially homeowners in poorer parts of Chicago and south suburban Cook County where taxes are higher. Lawmakers caved  into special interests, from corporations to organized labor, by stymying Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi's plans to reform those who unfairly pay higher property taxes.

In other words, Democrats have fed Illinois voters a load of BS about whose interests they are trying to protect. They are more than willing to let the weight of regressive taxation fall heaviest on the middle class and the least able to afford it.

When will Illinois voters stop acting like chumps? 

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  • This is what the majority voted for.

  • In answer to your question: Never.

    But I have to correct you on one thing: A pack of cigarettes in Chicago will not cost $2.98. I suspect that's a typo. It currently costs about $13 with tax, sometimes more, already the highest in the country. With this tax increase it will be more like $14-$15 a pack.

    I can remember when it was $1 a pack!

  • Thank you for the correction. The figure was for the tax, not the pack. And I'm so old, I can remember when a pack cost a quarter. Holy smoke!

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    The taxes for the infrastructure plan passed with bipartisan support, including the minority leaders in the House and Senate.

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