States with a progressive income tax see greater income inequality, and have seen income inequality rise faster than states without a progressive income tax.View Report
The failure of almost all potential veto overrides in 2016 is a victory for Illinois taxpayers.
Lame-duck session allows lawmakers already ousted by voters to act with reckless abandon before leaving the Statehouse.
Illinois needs structural reforms to fix its fiscal problems, not a tax hike by lawmakers on their way out the door.
The new federal spending bill, dubbed the “CRomnibus,” codifies that the ACA payments to insurers are budget-neutral, as the revenue to fund them will come from fees already assessed on health-insurance plans. This is not the blank check that insurers were hoping for.
Action, or lack thereof, on the 2011 income-tax hikes, a minimum-wage increase, SEIU training and more affect Illinoisans in the wake of a lame-duck death.
With a lame-duck session dead in the water, the 2011 income-tax hikes will sunset on schedule; a minimum-wage debate will wait until Rauner takes office; and taxpayers will not be on the hook for a state-funded health insurance exchange.
Ridesharing regulations, ObamaCare exchange and extension of the 2011 tax hikes all lay dormant.