Letters to the Editor

Letter: Out of deadlock, into a free fall

To the Editor:

Things are going just as I imagined they would down in Springfield. With a new, Democratic governor, and both branches of the legislature controlled by the same party, our rulers have free rein to spend, spend and spend more. There’s no thought of curbing that; everything that Pritzker and Co. have done thus far is about increasing taxes and fees. Do we need to repair our state’s infrastructure? Of course we do, but why must it be in one fell swoop, increasing surcharges on fuel to the highest in the nation?

And we’re going to have a “fair” state income tax, as well, with the affluent paying more than the middle class. That I’ll believe when I see it. What I foresee is the rate increasing for the wealthy, with increased exemptions or deductions to negate that. The net result will be an increase in taxes on the middle class, the category that the majority of us fall into.

Our governing bodies believe that they can tax and fee Illinois out of its bankrupt state, but they’re wrong. Anyone who’s gone through a personal bankruptcy knows that one has to change their spending habits, which our governance is loath to do. They’re controlled by special interest groups, the wealthy and organized labor. 

Ever-escalating pension debt and Medicaid eat away at our resources, leaving less and less to actually run the state. We can’t do anything about the latter, except for uncovering fraud, but we can about the pension debt. Since they’re willing to go into the state’s constitution to amend it, changing out taxation structure, why not remove the language regarding “impairing or diminishing” retirement benefits for public sector workers? They’re unsustainable. Put them into a 401K; it should have been done years ago!

Another title I’d thought to give this letter is “Problem Solving 101.” First you identify the problem (we’re spending too much), then work to fix that problem. Unfortunately for Illinois taxpayers, even moreso for those growing into that role, that involves increased taxation and fees rather than curbing spending.

Douglas Knight

Prairie Grove

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