From Peter Starzynski, a field director for A Better Illinois, promoting replacing the Illinois flat tax with a graduated income tax:
Starzynski doesn’t explain how a graduated tax will magically make Illinois politicians more responsible to the taxpayers and the money they have already “misplaced”. Does anyone really think a graduated tax will generate more income? And even if does, who believes politicians will be more thoughtful, careful and circumspect about how they spend taxpayer money?
What I would propose is that before any changes in taxes, a complete audit of how the government has spent taxpayer money so far should be required. How many Quinn-style $54 million slush funds are really out there? I would think attacking fraud and waste, rather than raising taxes, would be the low-hanging fruit to prevent even more Illinoisians and Illinois businesses from fleeing the state like rats from a sinking ship.
This being Illinois, it ain’t gonna happen, so hang on to your wallets—“misplaced priorities” are coming for your $$$$.
Good and hard.