Category Archives: Taxes

An Open Letter to My House Colleagues: The Progressive Income Tax Won’t Work

As we move into the new week and the prospect of considering the resolution to place the progressive income tax on the 2020 ballot, I’d like to add an additional objection to its passage.   It won’t work.   The … Continue reading

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Rich Miller: Thanks for the Shout Out

Rich Miller, the chief cook and bottle washer at the Capitol Fax blog, took aim at me for some comments I made on the House floor last week where I said that the rush for a progressive income tax and … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Genius and Stupidity is That Genius Has Its Limits

Today’s lesson is about what the newly-elected members of Congress from the 6th and 14th Districts of Illinois don’t know about their jobs. . It begins with a headline in the Northwest Herald that says: “Underwood, Casten Call for IRS … Continue reading

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Shifting Education Costs the Other Way: Onto the State

In my last post, I said that the pension cost shift that the Governor proposed in his budget address is nothing but an attempt to balance the State’s budget on the backs of property taxpayers, and that I would not … Continue reading

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“Silence of the Dems”, Lisa Madigan Edition

In the past several months, the Chicago Tribune has extensively researched and written about the assessment practices of Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, finding a pattern of: “[C]lout, patronage and incompetence…that assigns property values and thus helps shape tax bills. … Continue reading

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