To the Editor:
We as taxpayers have voted out of office anyone who has tried to raise revenue (taxes) to pay for the services (roads, social, schools, regulation of quality of food, etc) we demand.
No family could have maintained the same standard of living for 20 years with a fixed income, yet that is what we have demanded of those running the various levels of government.
As a result, the pension system has been used to subsidize the taxpayers. The legislature has just voted, with lots of pressure from the Chicago Tribune, the mouthpiece for big corporations in the state, to have the very people who did pay their fair share into the system throughout their working lives pay to now make up the deficit.
Most pensioners do not receive big bucks, despite the rare egregious examples. Illinois has a high per capita income and medium per capita tax burden among the states. Big business does not want to pay more, yet wants all sorts of accommodations.
Taxpayers yell at anyone mentioning increases in revenue while splurging on entertainment and sports. Yes, there is always something that could be cut. Yet when do the constant cuts decrease the well-being and safety of our citizens? One can cut household spending past any hope of a decent living also.
Revenue is the answer, coupled with rigorous spending oversight. Taxpayers – citizens and businesses – must pay our fair share.