Quinn to restart push for tax hike th...

Quinn to restart push for tax hike this fall

There are 19 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 10, 2009, titled Quinn to restart push for tax hike this fall. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Gov. Pat Quinn told the Tribune Friday that he will abandon his push for a state income-tax increase, at least for a few months.

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Pahrump, NV

#1 Jul 10, 2009
Somebody should tell Quinn that the tollroads have been paid for and its time to tear down down the tollbooths.

Falls Church, VA

#2 Jul 10, 2009
That's his solution - to borrow more - put presure on a few republican law makers who's districts contain prisons - and increase the crime rate by releasing convicted criminals?

God help us - this whole government deserves to be booted out.
double huh

Chicago, IL

#3 Jul 10, 2009
Stay out of my wallet Commie Quinn !!!

La Grange, IL

#4 Jul 11, 2009
A partial term governor!

Mundelein, IL

#5 Jul 11, 2009
I can't give anymore. Everything goes up except my paycheck. I am grateful my husband and I have jobs. Our raises have been pushed back until 2010. Pretty soon I will be feeding my kids bread and water for all of their meals...speaking of that, why not put those free loading prisoners to work?

How much more can we stand for? When am I gonna see some of these "public servants" suffering like the rest of us?
Angelina Cruise

Central District, Hong Kong

#6 Jul 11, 2009
You choose Democrats, you live with the high taxes.

For gosh sakes, my unelected communist government caps the total income tax rate at 15% for me. You can elect yours, why can't you do better?


Since: Oct 08


#7 Jul 11, 2009
They ALWAYS talk about cutting the services that we expect government to do, but they ignore cutting the waste and bad programs. The hide it from us too.

Government keeps getting bigger and they need to keep confiscating money from us to cover the wasteful liberalism.

For example, the "bare bones" budget has to cover the massive pension waste.

Guess how much WE owe the top 100 school administrators for pensions?

I'm only talking about 100 people.

Over $887 MILLION dollars. This is just one reason why we are broke and Quinn and the media keep it all hidden from us.
See this page for a list of the numbers:

See this link for more on school pensions:

This is what we get when we vote for liberals - Democrats and liberal Republicans.

People, we all need to remember these issues at election time and ignore the libero lies.
Lester Maddox

Ballwin, MO

#8 Jul 11, 2009
Impeach Quinn "NOW".
What a LOSER we got when he took Blagojevich's place. We went from BAD to WORSE. One CROOK bigger than the other.
Winston Churchill

Frankfort, IL

#9 Jul 11, 2009
Do you think that Quinn is finally understanding that the people of Illinois cannot and will not accept an income tax hike? Quinn will have to tell the kids of all the illegal aliens here to go back to your respective countries if you want free health care. Also, why are tax payers required to subsidize child care? If you have the kids, you pay for them.

South Charleston, OH

#10 Jul 11, 2009
This is good news for taxpayers even though Quinn's decision was not made for their benefit. He remains strongly in favor of a highly regressive state income tax increase with revenues used to to shore up a corrupt and overpriced, inefficient state government, chock full of six figure Blago patronage employees who will now get to keep their jobs a while longer--probably, as long as Quinn holds office.

Quinn made this decision because, with Lisa Madigan out of the picture for a few years, he has a clear run at the governor's office...but not completely clear. Republicans will probably put up more than a cursory campaign for the guv's office and any tax increase will be a major issue for Republicans (unless, of course, Radogno and Cross cave and put their names on a tax increase). So, Pat, the crusader for higher taxes, has turned out to be less of an pro tax guy than his wealthy liberal supporters thought.

Now, we'll get to see if Pat can actually make some cuts.
He hasn't made any so far, so that's questionable.

Anyway, us middle class taxpayers get to keep our current tax rate for the time being, instead of being hit up for cash.
That's a good thing but we shouldn't relax our vigilance. The economy isn't improving and the Democrats will be back trying to get into our pockets in the fall.

Since: Oct 07

New York, NY

#13 Jul 11, 2009
Quinn, cut the BLOAT first. Can you even answer the question, where does our, not your, tax money go.
Cut the Pensions

Urbandale, IA

#14 Jul 11, 2009
When elected officials say that everyone should share in the burden of the state's financial difficulties they always omit the bloated pensions of state workers. If they want to raise the income tax on all of Illinois then they should also cut the pension plans!!!
Taxpayer Jim

United States

#15 Jul 11, 2009
By this fall, taxpayers will have a handle on how much their tax burden will be increasing because of the Cap&Trade and Health Care Reform legislation. Another 1% added on by the state will be just the straw that broke the back, as if won't be broke by then anyway.

Midlothian, VA

#16 Jul 11, 2009
The tax increasers will be back. They will always be back. That is the shame of Governement now..... In actuality, we PAY these people to make economic war on us. We actually PAY them to devise ways of stealing our hard earned dollars. We PAY them to make us poorer in our wallets and in our souls

South Charleston, OH

#17 Jul 11, 2009
One thing that Quinn could do is insist that agencies like DCFS, whose heavily politically connected director has been bragging about being protected from budget by a consent decree and by his friendly relationship with Quinn, cut its bloated management staff and cut some of the agency's many contracts awarded for political reasons.

The consent decree does not mandate that the agency maintain a bloated and duplicative management bureaucracy which protects hundreds of highly paid hacks who were appointed by Blagojevich and Ryan. The bloat is particularly evident in Chicago, where the agency maintains seven or eight offices, each with their own highly paid management chains, often with two or three management chains in the same office.
Millions of unnecessary taxpayer dollars are misspent in this manner.

Many of the contracts let by the agency are let to providers who provide substandard service and who got the contract because they have Democratic Chicago political connections or because they made the appropriate "campaign contributions" to Blagojevich, Emil Jones, et al.
Quinn has shown no signs that he will fire the hacks or change the contracts.

This is all about patronage and conracts for campaign contributions, not about child welfare. Taxpayers shouldn't be fooled. No tax increase without a total revamp of DCFS, consent decree or not. I don't think the ACLU, which filed the original complaint, is going to object to a revamp of corrupt management and corrupt contracts.


Since: Oct 08


#18 Jul 11, 2009
Long-time Trib Reader wrote:
Quinn, cut the BLOAT first. Can you even answer the question, where does our, not your, tax money go.
See, liberals (like Quinn), don't consider the parts of the budget for social programs, entitlements, etc. It's sort of in the liberal DNA to increase spending on entitlements and anything related to supporting and increasing the bureaucracy.

Even if we asked Quinn this directly, he would deflect it.

It would take months of psychiatric therapy to get liberals to understand these issues.

Normal kindergartners can discern the right choices instantly, but liberals cannot.

Liberals have to stay in their kindergarten mentality (not that they are stupid, but that it's a "safe zone").

Everyone who wants to understand what makes liberals tick, should watch the video "How Modern Liberals Think" by Evan Sayet. It's not short, but it's very, very good:

I can't recommend it enough.
John Poshepny

Downers Grove, IL

#19 Jul 12, 2009
I am hearing that there MAY be a few Republicans that could go for it, so everyone who is against it MUST call there Representative.

Lake Zurich, IL

#20 Jul 31, 2009
Vote the bum (Quinn) out. Vote out any crooks that vote yes on tax increase.

Porter, TX

#21 Jul 31, 2009
Here it comes all you liberals. Enjoy your free health care.

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