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Noland supports 67% tax increase

1 June 2009 RS 7 Comments

After taxes After taxes (Photo by Slightlynorth).

The tax hike bill that recently passed the Illinois Senate by the way, is a different 67% tax hike from the one that Mike Noland has been pushing. As recently as March 23rd–well after Governor Quinn started promoting his own tax hikes, Mike Noland was still promoting SB2288, which would raise taxes 67% for ‘education reform.’ Is there no 67% tax increase that Senator Noland does not like?

If he ultimately gets his way with both of these bills, taxes will rise from the current level of 3% to 7%, more than doubling (133% tax increase).

Is that something you can afford?

The Herald:

State Sen. Michael Noland, an Elgin Democrat, said voters put Democrats in charge of the state.

“And they know what we do. They know how we meet the needs of the people. That’s why they sent us down here,” Noland said.

He’s right about that. Voters did put Democrats in charge of the state, and the Democratic party is the party of tax hikes apparently.

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7 Responses to “Noland supports 67% tax increase”

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  1. Tom says:

    Your title should have been “Noland Supports Doubling Taxes”, because even that’s an understatement if he’s pushing for 133% tax hike.

    “Tax Hike Mike” Noland is up for reelection soon anyway so his clock will run out before he can do any more damage. It’s the height of arrogance to believe that voters elected you to raise their taxes!

    He’ll find out soon enough when voters tell Tax Hike Mike to TAKE A HIKE.

  2. Shane Nowak says:

    If the government takes more money from the citizens then the citizens have less money to pour into the economy. If the citizens pour less money into the economy then they have to rely on the government for more handouts as the economy gets deeper into trouble. It is a vicious cycle that the Democrats want to repeat over and over.

    The Illinois government has already raised taxes on numerous fees for example to renew your license plate it is now $104 up from $78 a raise by 33%.

  3. VeritasKane says:

    It’s time that we dispel this myth once and for all! The papers have inaccurately reported the bill. According to the General Assembly website, Senator Noland voted on HB174. This bill actually puts money back in our pockets! How? Well according to House Bill 174, the earned income tax credit has been expanded. The EITC, for those who don’t know, is a tax refund which gives tax payers money back for every dependent they have. This bill extended the EITC from 5% to 15%. It also doubled property tax relief from 5% to 10%, and expanded education reimbursement from $500.00 to $1000.00.

    Look, property taxes are high! However, property taxes are set by the county and well, Republicans control the county board. Kudos to Senator Noland for wanting to provide relief.

    Initially, I was against any tax increase. However, let’s look at some facts. Illinois is the 5th most populous state in the nation, according to the census bureau. According to the taxfoundation, it also ranks 39th in spending. This is unlike California which is the most populous state and ranks at the top. I do not feel there is a massive spending problem in this state.

    Nor do I think everything is as black and white as “Democrats want to tax everything and Republicans want to cut everything.” I feel the real problem is between private and public sectors. The private sector has been raping us for years with insane fees for everything and has returned the favor with less than adequate service and lay offs. At least with government, we have more input. Illinois, post Blago has been making positive changes but there still along way to go.

    I am tired of party politics. Senator Noland has earned my vote. He has continued to sit down with Democrats and Republicans to try and work together on these issues. The politics of opposition doesn’t benefit me as I struggle to pay my bills. It doesn’t help others either as they decide how to best put their children through college or get by after a layoff. The politics of opposition needs to end… For the general welfare of the people.

    • Gadsden says:

      VeritasKane…..I am not sure you make any sense. You just sound bitter!

    • Paul says:

      “The politics of opposition needs to end… For the general welfare of the people.”

      Sounds like Obamaspeak. Superficially it has an immediate appeal. Beyond that, at best the words mean absolutely nothing.
      AT worst it means opposition cannot be tolerated in promotion of the neo-liberal socialist communist fascist agenda. The latter might be a clue as to why gun sales are going through the roof since the obamanation last November.
      When is a massive tax increase not a tax increase at all? Accdording to veritasKane, when the massive tax increase is used to promote the socialistic agenda of his politics, for which there can be no opposition.
      Is it hilarious or tragic (scary) that he uses veritas as part of his name? Truth is clearly not part of his agenda.

  4. RS says:

    Thank you all for your comments.

    VeritasKane, I don’t agree in principle with the idea of raising taxes at the state level and reducing them (somewhat) at the local level (property taxes), because it violates the principle of separation of powers and local revenues for local government. If we push taxation up to higher and higher levels of government, you reduce local control while empowering the entrenched interests that control state government.

    As for partisanship, it may sound nice to speak of post-partisanship, but partisanship exists and will always exist because political parties exist. And political parties exist because people have different beliefs and political philosophies. We should be thankful for ‘partisanship,’ because it is the hallmark of a functioning democracy.

    Regardless of who controls whatever branch of government, a loyal opposition is absolutely essential to the health of democracy. And yes, the media too must do its part in voicing opposing viewpoints.

  5. RS says:

    I should also add that we should not be mislead by what politicians do to make a tax increase more politically palatable. It is customary for them to offer “tax relief” in some form while actually raising taxes. The point of the bill after all was to wipe out a $12,000,000,000 deficit, not to give property tax relief. The net gain for Springfield is many billions. I don’t know what it is exactly, but the point is the same.

    Likewise, they had earlier raised taxes on vehicles and alcohol as part of a gambling expansion package:

    http://elginite.org/blog/2009/06/08/springfield-porkapalooza/

    By tying it to some short term spending they were able to get headlines like:

    “Local projects funded with video poker, alcohol taxes, vehicle fees.”

    This makes it sound like the public is permanently getting local projects. In reality, this is short term spending designed to make a tax increase palatable. In future years, the extra revenue from the measure will flow into Springfield’s coffers and thence onward to the friends and family of the Chicago Machine.