The Better Government Association perhaps should change its name to the “Better Government with More Taxes Association.”
Bad acronym, but that certain describes its pitch in this article.
Just looking at the graphic the BGA used in its article tells you that it favors removing eggs from peoples nest eggs.
And in its weekly email blast, the article is described thusly:
“Support builds for a controversial tax on seniors but the burden is on the governor and lawmakers to forge a comprehensive budget plan, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report finds.”
Leading the fight against taxing retirement income is State Rep. David McSweeney:
“I’m still a HELL NO on a retirement tax!
“I’m continuing to work hard against it.”
Here are those who have signed onto the proposal that McSweeney has introduced:
Rep. David McSweeney – Brandon W. Phelps – Jeanne M Ives – Martin J. Moylan – Mark Batinick, Margo McDermed, Steven A. Andersson, Jack D. Franks, Sue Scherer, Deb Conroy, Jerry Costello, II, Anna Moeller, Katherine Cloonen, Daniel V. Beiser, Mike Smiddy, Natalie A. Manley, Sam Yingling, Stephanie A. Kifowit, C.D. Davidsmeyer, Reginald Phillips, Thomas Morrison, Bill Mitchell, Adam Brown, Avery Bourne, Dwight Kay, John M. Cabello, Ron Sandack, Terri Bryant, Christine Winger, Michael P. McAuliffe, Randy E. Frese, Joe Sosnowski, John D. Anthony, Anthony DeLuca, Patrick J. Verschoore, John Cavaletto, Sheri Jesiel, Jay Hoffman, Tom Demmer, Andrew F Skoog, Frances Ann Hurley, David B. Reis, Rita Mayfield, Norine K. Hammond, Jaime M. Andrade, Jr., Camille Y. Lilly, Kenneth Dunkin, Donald L. Moffitt, Mary E. Flowers, John C. D’Amico, Linda Chapa LaVia, Emanuel Chris Welch, Peter Breen, Cynthia Soto, Sonya M. Harper, Monique D. Davis, Thaddeus Jones, Marcus C. Evans, Jr., Silvana Tabares, Keith R. Wheeler, André Thapedi, Eddie Lee Jackson, Sr. and La Shawn K. Ford
Note that the Wheeler listed is not Crystal Lake State Rep. Barbara Wheeler.
Of course, some of those are co-sponsoring the House Resolution for purely short-term political reasons.
If a vote is required to tax pensions, Social Security and other retirement income, some of the co-sponsors will do so, just as they voted to increase in State Income Tax 67%, when Democratic Governor Pat Quinn asked them to.
Some of those who broke campaign pledges not to support a higher income tax got cushy jobs in State government from Quinn.