We are now in the final week of the normal Legislative Session. The House under Michael Madigan and Democrat control have passed 72 spending bills and so far all of them anticipate making the 2011 “temporary” tax increase permanent. He also continues to put a so called millionaire tax on the ballot for November.
Madigan and the Democrats don’t appear to have enough votes yet to make the tax permanent, so Madigan is taking a more politically tactical route by having lawmakers come up with $4 billion in cuts. If history serves us, we know that the cuts will aimed at the most vulnerable in the state, like students and the disabled. These will then be deemed as drastic and used to push for raising our taxes again.
Michael Madigan is the longest serving Speaker of House in the history of Illinois and the United States. No single person has done more damage to the State of Illinois economy than Michael Madigan. We rank at or near the top in so many bad statistics, unemployment, out-migration, property taxes, care for the disabled, pension debt, etc.
Michael Madigan joined with the Gov. Jim Edgar to create a pension ramp with the intention to gradually pay the unfunded pension liability. In reality, it just pushed off the crisis for nearly a decade. We are now squarely in that crisis and have been for several years.
The fact is that Madigan and Quinn are wasting our tax money. As the pension crisis shows, the out of control spending on roof repair, superintendent salaries and excessive pensions in K12 education while the results remains pathetically low. Madigan caved in for these education union initiatives so much that Illinois has the worst debt in the US.
Everyone should be calling their State Representative and State Senator this week and tell them to vote NO on more tax increases; vote NO on making the temporary tax permanent; vote NO on Michael Madigan’s political games. Illinois is in dire fiscal straights and we need solutions, not more political games.
We don’t need more taxes. We need better management of our tax money. No more of Madigan kissing the noses of the education unions, particularly the ever costly IEA.