Read, if you have access to it, that Wall Street Journal editorial headlined “Illinois Drives People Away.”
The primary data it cites is this:
The Prairie State lost a record $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income to other states in the 2015 tax year, according to recently IRS data released. That’s up from $3.4 billion in the prior year. Many of the migrants were retirees who often flock to balmier climes. But millennials accounted for more than a third of the net outflow in tax returns.
That data should be on every front page, I wrote last week, but the Illinois press had ignored it entirely. They still have. Not a single mention in the regular Illinois media I can find.
Is it reluctance to scare the children? Ignorance about the significance of data like that? Or maybe it’s because the data were originally reported by the Illinois Policy Institute, and it would be uncool in Illinois to write anything similar to what fiscal conservatives like them write, even if it’s not their data.
The Illinois media’s complicity in our fiscal crisis continues. Deny, delay, extend and pretend, just as the politicians do. Illinois’ foot remains firmly on the gas pedal as we descend in the abyss.
-Mark Glennon is founder and Executive Editor of Wirepoints. Opinions expressed are his own.