Alas, no, Illinois is not a high-tax, free-spending state

Illinois ranks just 21st among the 50 states in combined per capita state and local government spending.

We’re 18th in the per capita amount of tax money the state collects, 24th in state tax revenue as a percentage of personal income.

I lob out these facts — gleaned from “2018 Illinois National Rankings,” a state-by-state comparison of a variety of fiscal matters issued at the end of last year by the General Assembly’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability — in response to a call from the conservative Illinois Policy Institute think tank for “ ‘fair-tax’ truth bombs.”

The IPI is among those groups that will be campaigning against a graduated-rate state income tax structure between now and Nov. 3, 2020, when voters will be asked whether to amend the Illinois constitution to allow for it.

Allow me to again promote the idea of a vocabulary bee — an event that would require contestants to define and understand the subtleties of unusual words, not simply put their letters in correct order.

Having a large, active vocabulary is far more directly useful in life — in speaking, in writing, in reading — than knowing how to spell such words as erysipelas, aiguillette and pendeloque, which came up during this year’s weird finish.

Re: Tweets

The winner of this week’s online reader poll for funniest tweet is returning four-time champion @Amishpornstar1 with “Really happy campers stay in hotels.”

To receive an email alert after each new tweet poll is posted, go to and sign up under Change of Subject. All the cool kids are doing it.

Twitter @EricZorn


Columns,Feeds,Region: Chicago,City: Chicago,Opinion

via Opinion – Chicago Tribune

May 31, 2019 at 04:57PM

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