81% Gas tax increase Monday!

Monday’s Lame Duck session of the Illinois General Assembly plans to hit you with a 30-cent increase (81% increase) in your gas taxes, making Illinois the highest priced gasoline in the nation.  And Democrats say that they are looking out for the “little guy!”
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Some citizens will rally in the Capitol building 11:00 a.m. Monday Jan. 7th.  JEANNE  IVES and State Rep. Allen Skillicorn will address the rally.
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If you can’t attend:

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SIGN THE PETITION TO SHOW YOUR SOLIDARITY WITH THE PROTESTERS IN SPRINGFIELD.
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Let’s give the lawmakers something to think about!   Click below:
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32 thoughts on “81% Gas tax increase Monday!

  1. And then the State Income Tax will get hiked–again. And the stupid people of Illinois will continue to vote in Madigan’s Democrat super majorities in the State legislature, and wonder why Illinois is a downward spiraling craphole. It’s becoming kinda fun to watch–like gaping at a car wreck of people you really, REALLY don’t like.

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  2. Why are you and your readers cheering for Illinois to fail? Why are you cheering for state employees who contribute to their pensions and work hard not to get their retirements? You complain about the poor roads in your area. How do you think the repair of those roads are financed? Gas taxes. How do you think the state of Illinois is to get out of its financial troubles? Magic? I guess.

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    1. Raising taxes does not create prosperity – Illinois would already be the most prosperous state if it did. Instead we are 49 or 50th on every list. Those state employees pay a small part of their pensions. It was always a ponzi scheme doomed to fail. The chickens are roosting now.

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    2. I moved to Indiana back in April. Taxes and fees are lower and the roads are in good shape. A lot of the country roads have fresh asphalt. It isn’t that Illinois citizens aren’t paying enough to the government, it’s the assholes in Springfield don’t want to stop spending on wasteful crap. I advise all of my friends to get out of Illinois. By the way, Illinois roads shouldn’t be in that bad of shape. The interstates aren’t used as much as they are in Indiana. It’s bumper to bumper on I65 between Indianapolis and Louisville. That’s how it is when you have busy factories.

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    3. Hi Tari or Tari’s friend. (MaryGI) Glad to see with the new year you are as clueless as ever. You don’t seem to be able to understand for a long time Illinois is up there with the higher gas taxes in the country. But when one drives in other states which are bigger (square miles) one finds their roads are in much better condition than Illinois and done with LESS money. We know where all that money has gone for gas taxes here and it has not been for roads. Maybe the 2016 referendum needs to be modifies that ALL taxes on gas collected from now on must go for roads. Locally think what work could have been done if we did not waste millions on the Judy Dome, an underused bus service, a fancy pop stand to come to the zoo, TIF districts, mowing Rivian’s grass, the BCPA, Portillo’s bike paths, trips to Japan and places where you could wear a rainbow sash…. I do appreciate that Diane does print some of you and your friends ignorant comments, it reminds us of the stupidity that exists in people like you and in seeing others take you to the woodshed that their is some intelligent life here. Just don’t look for it in city government or pro-taxers.

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    4. The real question you should be asking is how did Illinois get into such a mess? It is pretty clear how that happened and the same fools trying to “fix” the problem are the ones that created the problem. It is not that us readers are cheering for Illinois to fail, but we understand the real problem and the cause and are totally discouraged that those in control in Springfield continue to purposely bankrupt the state, for the benefit of their pocket books and their friends. One can not change stupid.

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  3. The “rankings” your quoting are from a far-right ALEC from 2015. Hardly a neutral opinion or even timely. Another prosperity ranking puts Illinois in the middle. States like West Virginia, Kentucky, North and South Carolina are ranked the worse. Even Texas comes out worse than Illinois. Everything to you is a “Ponzi” scheme. What about the 401K’s that many people depend on? There value is certainly taking huge hits with the stock markets, markets that Trump is inserting volatility and instability. Cutting taxes for the rich and handing out rescues to your farmer neighbors because of a tariff war isn’t a Ponzi scheme? I guess it’s only a Ponzi scheme if Democrats or retirees depend on it. It’s your opinion (not fact) that taxes does not create prosperity.

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  4. The problem is pensions are a defined benefit program where retirees are “guaranteed” a certain income in retirement. The taxpayers take all the risk. 401k plans are defined contribution programs where the retireee assumes the risk and directs investments based on when they want to retire. If MARYGJ thinks Illinois is doing well then s/he is in denial. Property values are falling as will as the population. Those that can leave are leaving. Taxes at every level are rising. I have 11 more years. Hope my house will sell. At least it will be paid for.

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  5. Sparked an economy that slowing down from a sugar high. The tax cuts is fueling sky high debt and deficit. If the economy is great those should be paid down. They aren’t. The US Treasury has less income to pay those bill. You still haven’t answered my question. Why are you and your commenters cheering for Illinois to fail? How do you propose to fix the road and infrastructure you keep on stating are horrible? I guess it’s easier to complain.

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    1. Actually receipts to the Treasury are higher after the tax cuts – they always are. simple economics. The stupid GOP spent the money instead of paying down the debt. Illinois already is a FAILED STATE. Maybe they shouldn’t have spent road money on high speed rail that isn’t high speed!

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    2. The economy isn’t slowing. Did you see the jobs report today? Over 300k new jobs. Way over expectations. The stock market had a recent dip (buying opportunity) but don’t conflate that with the economy.

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  6. You could have a million people in Springfield protesting, but it won’t matter. Where I live, a connected “right fit” business wanted to open a ashphalt plant right in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Literally every resident within a 2 square mile petitioned the city council not to approve it. They attended council meetings and asked that it not be done, especially in light of the fact that the company already owned a huge plant in an industrial area where it belongs. The council voted unanimously to approve it. Five years later, the residential streets are falling apart because of the over-loaded truck traffic with NO enforcement. Politicians no longer listen to anyone. If they want it done, especially in Illinois consider it done. And especially Democrats and RINOs who talk a good game at election time and then ignore everyone afterwards. As to the lady and her state pension. I hope she understands this is from a union contract that we the people never agreed to.

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  7. BUT, Mike Madigan SAYS in his NEWEST commercial that “When things get tough, the DEMOCRATS have our back”
    That’s probably what Hallucinogenic Mary believes..

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  8. Job gains started under Obama.

    2011: 2.091 million

    2012: 2.142 million

    2013: 2.302 million

    2014: 2.998 million

    2015: 2.713 million

    2016: 2.240 million

    2017 original: 2.046 million

    2017 updated: 2.188 million

    “At this stage of the nine-year recovery, maintaining the streak that took off in 2014 is projected to become increasingly difficult.” How many of those jobs created in the last quarter of 2018, are still in existence? How many were at a living wage? How many included benefits? Retail led the gains. How many of those jobs are still available? Many retailers lay off staff after Christmas in January and February.

    in June 2015, the May 2015 jobs report came out. That report showed 326,000 jobs were created in May 2015 (including adjustments). After nearly two full years in office, Trump has yet to equal that May 2015 jobs total despite bragging about his “tremendous” job creation. The released job report doesn’t equal that gain in 2015.

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    1. Your clown reports should embarrass you. Few of Obama jobs were career position. Lots of jobs were lost in 2008, of course some had to recover. We are now talking real jobs and rising wages – that never happened with 2% GDP growth under Obama.

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      1. Her clown comment (Mary—-) would include places that cut full time workers to avoid the Obamacare situation and CREATED 2 part time jobs in it’s place. So that would be considered by Obamaites the creation of 2 jobs. I know, I should leave it alone but I get tired of these idiots thinking we conduct our life like they do. That is, if a liberal Obama said it that is 100% true but if a conservative says it, something is fishy and it is a lie. They say the hell with doing any factchecking except from as you put it, what is written on the bathroom stall wall.

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    2. Marygj, you have proven my earlier comment. Let us just say you are clueless. Jobs as pointed out not career paths. Jobs created by Obama care forcing employers to cut people to less than 29 hours per week to stay in business. Maybe you should tell the whole story and look at how many people joined gov’t assistance like food stamps during Obama’s reign of terror (against the competent) Now an intelligent, qualified person (which it appears you are neither) doesn’t have to take a job they are overqualified. Also try to remember a lot of those who did return to the workforce were out because of bank policies made by Bill Clinton and Alan Greenspan.

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  9. To our liberal friends, more taxes and bigger government are always THE answer. (The state and local Republicans are not entirely off the hook either, so no free pass from me.) Does anyone really believe that the roads will get any better after this tax? Won’t happen. By the way, the extra $0.30 per gallon will affect delivery costs, supply chain, and businesses that rely in some way, bigger or small, on fuel….which is to say nearly all businesses. The cost of the tax will be passed on to the consumers via higher prices and/or absorbed by companies, which will have to cut hours, slow/stop expansion, and curtail innovations. Remember this at your next Town/City Council, Chamber or EDC meeting where everyone is scratching their heads trying to figure out why people are leaving Bloomington-Normal and Illinois. The answer is simple, every time you look, government is reaching into people’s pockets and grabbing more money, while insulting the very same people by telling them that they need to shut up and take it and that government knows what’s best for them. Glad to be out of Illinois and more importantly Bloomington-Normal!

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  10. Mary: Look at YOUR math and THINK about those numbers! IF that many people WERE hired under Obama, that means 1 out of every 25 people was OUT of work!
    I think you MIGHT have job numbers confused with telephone numbers on that bathroom wall you’re reading..

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  11. Can you please show me evidence of a bill in either house that this is happening. I can find zero active Bill’s for this.

    Thanks

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