Civic Federation calls for tax hikes, opposes sensible reform in budget criticism

By Adam Schuster
The Civic Federation’s criticism of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget is a mixed bag, with its own proposals for Illinois’ financial crisis – including nearly $3 billion in tax hikes – missing the mark.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, budget, Civic Federation, health insurance, income tax, laurence msall, LGDF: Local Government Distributive Fund, municipal pensions, pensions, progressive income tax, taxes

How to mislead Illinoisans into accepting higher taxes

By Orphe Divounguy, Bryce Hill, Joe Tabor
A new report would have Illinoisans believe that a progressive income tax means tax cuts and economic growth. Illinois lawmakers’ tax-and-spend tendencies and evidence from all 50 states say otherwise.

TAGS: CTBA: Center for Budget and Tax Accountability, deficit, GDP, graduated income tax, income tax, inequality, jobs, progressive income tax, ralph martire, Spending, spending cap, taxes