Tell Springfield Lawmakers “No More Gambling” and “No More Taxes!”
Tell Springfield Lawmakers “No More Gambling” and “No More Taxes!”
Written By David E. Smith   |   01.07.11

Springfield lawmakers apparently think you are not taxed enough and that predatory gambling is good for Illinoisans.

As you probably know by now, Illinois’ Democrat leaders — Governor Patrick Quinn, House SpeakerMichael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton — are proposing a plan to raise your income tax by 75 percent.

Their plan would increase the personal income tax rate by 2.25 percent (from 3 to 5.25 percent) for the next four years. They claim that two percentage points of this increase would be temporary. And despite Illinois’ anti-business reputation, their proposal would also increase the corporate tax rate by 4 percent (from 4.8 percent to 8.4 percent).

In addition to this proposed irresponsible tax increase, our lawmakers are seriously considering a massive expansion of gambling that would more than double the number of casinos in Illinois — all in an effort to feed the rapacious desires of big and growing government. Proponents claim that each proposal will raise billions of dollars in revenue for the state — $7.5 billion from taxes and $1 billion from additional gambling.

But that is not even enough to satisfy the beast. According to the Wall Street Journal, our political leaders are still hoping to borrow billions of dollars despite having the lowest U.S. state credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service.

Indeed, even as Illinois considers a tax increase, it is also considering borrowing $3.7 billion to make required pension contributions and an even larger “debt restructuring bond” to pay the state’s vendors who haven’t been paid in months, according to a person familiar with the matter.

ACTION:  Contact your legislators and ask them to vote for ‘NO’ to more gambling and ‘NO’ to new or additional taxes.

John Bambenek, a well known conservative activist from Champaign, points out:

[Springfield lawmakers] plan to increase your income tax by 75 percent and the corporate tax by 75 percent. You read that right, they will nearly double your income tax and nearly double the tax rate on businesses in Illinois. You can read more HERE at Crain’s Chicago Business.

You might think, “surely they will cut spending”. You’d be wrong. They plan to actually INCREASE spending with this plan and borrow billions on top of it. This is tax, borrow and spend at it’s absolute worst. The only ones who will make it under this plan are residents of Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri because companies have said they will leave this state with this kind of tax increase and take the jobs with them.

Lawmakers in Springfield refuse to live within the means of our current cash flow and refuse to cut the size of government. Instead they again turn to tax increases and expansion of gambling. Just how much is enough?

Increasing taxes, like expanding gambling, is counter-productive. It will adversely affect Illinois’ economy, hurt businesses and cause them to relocate out of state, and will ultimately increase the already high tax burden on families that remain in Illinois. These proposals are decidedly anti-family.

Illinois taxpayers should not continue to tolerate wasteful, bloated government.

Tell Governor Quinn and your state lawmakers to stop increasing the size of government. We do not have a tax problem — we have a spending problem!

David  E. Smith
Dave Smith is Illinois Family Institute’s executive director.  He and his wife of 25 years are blessed to be the parents of eight children. David has 20-plus-years of experience in...
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