Ted talked with Tom Miller of WJPF Radio about all the taxes and fees that were hiked as part of the 2020 budget state budget and the massive $45 billion infrastructure bill. Some of those hikes have been in place since July, but even more are going to be imposed come January 1st of next year.
Some highlights from the interview:
“It’s not that we don’t want to pay taxes, but Illinoisans already pay the highest taxes in the nation, so it’s not like we aren’t paying our fair share already. The problem is the government is making people pay more and more – and not for new services, new schools, new roads, but for old pension debt.”
“The way to really look at Illinois taxes is to consider how many people we are already losing. Many are fed up. If you look at the net numbers since 2000, about 1.5 million people have left, about 70,000 people a year. That’s like taking several counties in Southern Illinois and just wiping them off the map.”
“The debts aren’t going anywhere, but the people are. And those who remain are being stuck with a bigger and bigger bill…It’s on each one of us to push back.”
Read more about the new taxes included in the 2020 budget and the infrastructure bill: