Can’t remember where I read that Governor Bruce Rauner was saying that there would be no budget until January, but I can tell you why there won’t be a budget and massive tax hike passed before the end of filing petitions for State Representative and State Senator.
The reason is simple.
If the vote were held before the end of petition filling, someone might run against the incumbent voting to hike taxes.
Think of what would happen, for example, if a legislator representing Sun City voted in favor of taxing pensions and other retirement income before the end of filing at the end of November.
Someone might be angry enough to run against them.
Someone tied to the area because of grandchildren.
In 2010, according to the U.S. Census, 12.1% of McHenry County residents were over 65 years of age.
Statewide the figure was 13.9%.
While seniors in Chicago tend to vote Democrat, those out here vote disproportionately Republican.
If State Senator Pam Althoff and State Rep. Barbara Wheeler voted in favor of taxing pensions and IRAs or were forthright to say they were planning to do so, my guess is that tax fighting opponents would run against both.
Althoff is a member of the Senate Republican Leadership Team and I expect her to vote for the tax hike’s passage, as I do retiring State Rep. Mike Tryon, who is a member of the House Republican Leadership Team.
Wheeler’s reply to my question of whether she would vote an income tax on retirement income and subsequent interchanges follows
- 2:28 PM – This is the first I’ve heard of it.
- 2:33 PM – My reply: And, are you going to vote to tax retirement income?
- 2:46 PM – I don’t know anything about it….
- 2L47 PM – My reply: With all due respect, that does not answer my question. Conceptually are you open to voting to tax retirement income?
- 2:51 PM – With all due respect former legislator… How can I formulate an opinion about something I’ve never heard of, haven’t read about, and I don’t know how it fits into the whole comprehensive budget fix?
- 2:52 PM – I know the answer you’d like me to say, but I’m not comfortable saying it unless I know about it.
- 2:53 PM – And let’s face it… There are enough politicians who talk a lot of things they know nothing about. It’s how we got into this mess don’t you think?
That does not sound like a person committed to protecting the income of those planning to retire in Illinois.
Compare Wheeler’s response to that of State Rep. David McSweeney:
I’m still a HELL NO on a retirement tax and any tax increase!
Republicans shouldn’t be tax collectors for big government.
With Governor Bruce Rauner ready to pour tens of thousands of dollars to protect Republicans who will vote to raise taxes, even on senior citizen income, those who might have considered running for the legislature will be discouraged.
Raunrer’s money will hold an umbrella over incumbents who otherwise would feel the rain of tax hike protesters