Tag: Illinois budget

Democrat's Rx for Illinois will make matters worse

Thought Illinois has it bad? What until you see what Illinois Democrats are planning. Jeanne Ives, former GOP gubernatorial candidate and Illinois lawmakers, makes it distressingly clear by warning that in the remaining days in May the Democratic-control state stands ready to pass $38-billion-dollar-plus budgets in two hours. No time for the rest of us to... Read more »

Illinois Gov. Pritzker's tax increase will only lead to yet another one

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s skeletal plan for a tax increase is so flawed that it will induce demands for even more higher taxes, according to an analysis by the Illinois Policy Institute. The problem is Pritzker’s budget is based overly optimistic and unreasonable projections for the state’s growth. The analysis discovers: When employing one of the... Read more »

Pretend Illinois finances are just ducky and the problem is solved

As the Democratic-control state of Illinois is nearly over its head in the financial quicksand, you’ll be glad to know that the Legislature will consider making penicillium the official state microbe. Dan McCaleb,of the Illinois News Network also notes other pressing issues that also are getting immediate attention, such as making SKI citrus soda the state’s official soft drink. Phew.... Read more »
Advertisement:

A quick summary of some new taxes proposed for Illinois

Taxpayers United of America reports: After months of publicizing an increase in the Illinois gas tax, tax raisers have formally announced their ambitions. SB 102 proposed by State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-11) would double the motor fuel tax from $.19 per gallon to $.38 per gallon. Additionally, Sandoval’s bill would increase thepassenger vehicle registration fee... Read more »

Pritzker's budget: sweet dreams

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s inaugural budget dreams that the state is taking the first steps towards fiscal solvency. In fact, Pritzker’s budget is a wide-awake nightmare, one that hallucinates that continuing the freakish policies that plummeted Illinois into its current financial crisis will save the state. And not make anything worse. Elizabeth Bauer, writing in Forbes, correctly... Read more »

Oh sure, Pritzker, Madigan and Democrats will fix Illinois

Monday’s inauguration of J. B. Pritzker as Illinois’ governor is, according to his Democrats, a refreshing spring shower that will extinguish the state’s raging fiscal inferno. So pardon me for pointing out that the blaze is so out of control that it will take more than the new Democratic supermajority in the Legislature, a Democratic governor... Read more »
Advertisement:

Illinois' balanced budget? The joke's on us

If we’re to believe the Illinois politicians–Democrat and Republican–the new fiscal year 2019 “balanced” budget they passed overwhelmingly is a bipartisan lovefest, a return to what should be a normal budget process and a first step to putting the fiscally challenged state back on track. Ha, ha. The joke’s on us. And the politicians know it.... Read more »

Another scandal: Illinois budget does nothing about biggest problem--pension debt

Funny how so many people are glossing over this scandal: The budget that was crammed through by House Speaker Michael Madigan does absolutely nothing about the outrageous public employee pension debt. All the hosannas about how Illinois finally got a budget after three years are either a sign of willful ignorance or intentional deception. Most... Read more »

The next big Illinois tax increase is waiting in the wings

After the big Illinois income tax increase engineered by House Speaker Mike Madigan, the question that immediately follows is: When will they be back for another tax increase? Because everyone, I mean everyone except the most partisan among us, knows that the 32 percent tax increase won’t be anywhere near enough to solve Illinois budget crisis. The... Read more »
Advertisement:

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza warns: "not a penny available for hardship cases"

In August, Illinois will have more court-ordered payments for core and essential services than it have money to pay, according to Illinois Comptroller Susan Mendoza. So what will the courts do? “You can kiss what is left of Illinois goodbye.” What can the courts do? Nut cutting time is approaching.
  • Advertisement:
  • Advertisement:
  • ChicagoNow is full of win

    Welcome to ChicagoNow.

    Meet our bloggers,
    post comments, or
    pitch your blog idea.

  • Visit my new website

    I'm a freelance writer, editor and author. I can help you with a wide variety of projects. Check out my new website at www.dennisbyrne.net

  • Subscribe to The Barbershop

    Enter your email address:

    Delivered by FeedBurner

  • Dennis Byrne’s Facebook Fan Page

  • Like me on Facebook

  • Our National Debt

  • Twitter

  • Tags

  • Recent Comments

  • /Users/dennisby/Desktop/trailer.mp4
  • Latest on ChicagoNow

  • Advertisement: