Our Illinois politicians love new programs, but cannot even pay for the old ones.
"We need more taxes!" they say. I never hear them say, "We must also have a 5 percent cut across the board in all departments."
We can have a constitutional referendum to try to tax the rich, but that is not all that is needed. We must each take time to give our legislators our opinions. We cannot live on borrowed money. Moody's and Standard and Poors are both ready to downgrade Illinois credit rating to junk. Then Illinois will pay very high interest on all the bonds they will continue to have to sell for many years just to get by. Illinois already has the lowest credit rating of all states.
Holly Lemons, the Montgomery County Circuit Clerk, issued a press release that our legislature has now raised the total fine and costs for a seat belt ticket to $164 from $60, unless you want a court appearance which raises it to $226. Fines and costs on other violations have grown even higher under Public Act 100.987. Read it and see all the programs the legislature has dreamed up. This is another tax on the poor, young families to support over a dozen state programs and various bureaucracies. Now the state wants to double the gas taxes to 38 cents per gallon, which will be the second highest in the nation. Where will it stop?
I think over half the high school graduates in Illinois now choose out of state colleges. I wonder why. Oh well, the legislature will probably create a new program to study that, too.