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Letter: Tax increase was wrong choice for Illinois

To the Editor:

I wrote a letter to my state representative, Bob Pritchard, pleading with him to vote again the tax hike. His scripted response after the veto override was that a tax increase was the right decision for Illinois.

Without it, he said, the state's finances would only deteriorate further.

My response to him and any other politician who said this tax hike was necessary: No, it was not the right decision it was a scapegoat for politicians who refuse to cut spending and budget.

Cronies of Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.

No amount of spin-doctoring will make it right. The taxpayers of Illinois are fed up and those of you who supported this bill will feel it at the next polls.

The state has been run into the ground by Madigan, his cronies and their mismanagement. It is not up to the people of Illinois to bail that out. We have our own household budgets to deal with and no one bails us out.

It is funny I can live within my budget yet you guys can’'t. You don’t have to. Spend, spend, spend. Pocket, pocket, pocket. And my anger is represented by a multitude of Illinois taxpayers.

In fact, I am calm compared to some. Start looking at social media, comments, etc.

Educate yourself on how the people of the state you represent feel.

The fiscal deterioration of our state is because of politicians who have no regard for the people and accept no responsibility whatsoever for their actions. Politicians who act like children on a playground when they get together and try and resolve anything. Madigan strong arms and everyone follows.

At least Rauner showed some strength. I commend him for standing up for what is right.

This state is going to feel this for years to come, and because of this people are going to start leaving this state because they can no longer afford to live here.

We already have some of the highest property taxes in the country, now let us hike up the income tax to match.

This state is a disaster from years of mismanagement. And the way you all see fit to try and get out is to push it on the taxpayer.

The state of Illinois has long been known for corruption. This type of situation only nails it.

Cheryl Bast


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