Thankful that Illinois raised my taxes

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This is in regards to the recent tax hike and all the uproar over it. As an Illinois citizen, I am proud of my state Sen. Don Harmon for having the courage to vote to get our state back to financial health. It was not, I'm sure, a decision that was taken lightly. But it had to be done. I'd rather have him vote his conscience and do the right thing than to pander to his constituents just to get votes, which is what the Republicans have done.

No one likes taxes, but compared to the tax rates of our neighboring states, we have it pretty good here in Illinois. And we will have more than the other states — an economy that will be fiscally responsible!

Marie Perkins
Oak Park

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Brian from Oak Park  

Posted: January 26th, 2011 11:15 AM

@Jon Donohue, the Illinois state constitution prohibits progressive tax rates for some reason, which is why we have a flat tax. Its a dumb prohibitions, but its probably politically impossible to change.


Posted: January 24th, 2011 7:01 AM

OK Marie - Raise My taxes - THAT makes a lot of Sense? Have never heard Anything more WRONG. Where is the accountability of people like Harmon. No, just raise my taxes? Where are the goals, metrics Cuts and efforts on Eduction (the State owes our State Universities over 600 million). Where is the PLAN to get JOBS in Illinois to make us competitive. NO, just RAISE my Taxes (to pay for THEIR own Pensions)?


Posted: January 20th, 2011 9:29 PM

Why is it that the democrates can't write any more without patronizing republicans?


Posted: January 19th, 2011 8:46 PM

Harmon should stop wasting time writing op ed pieces - as he knows People are VERY upset. Ill is the laughing stock of the US. IN this economy - ok, raise taxes to dig out of a decades long problem. But, NEVER cut spending?!? New York, California are even jumping on the need to cut SPENDING. Harmon is so far out of touch - he has lost it in his desire to GET a high Leadership Position in the Senate. He has been bought out by Cullerton.

Mr GreenJeans from Oak Park  

Posted: January 19th, 2011 10:14 AM

Both Marie and Jon could not be more wrong. The State of IL has a SPENDING problem, not a tax problem. This state, at all levels of govt, spends too much and on the wrong things. If we're so "fiscally responsible" compared to IN, WI, and Ia, why are they putting up billboards and buying ads to lure all our highly taxed employers? What Madigan, Harmon, and Quinnochio have done is kill private sector job creation, which by the way, funds the public sector public union jobs they are so behold to.

Jon Donohue  

Posted: January 19th, 2011 9:39 AM

I agree with that a tax increase was necessary. What I don't understand is why Senator Harmon voted for one of the largest regressive tax increases. The Illinois tax system taxes everyone the same amount regardless if you are the barista at Starbucks or the CEO of a multibillion dollar company. Most reputable economists will agree that a regressive tax system disproportionately benefits the wealthy. Raise taxes, but not on the backs of the poor and middle class as Senator Harmon did.

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