What’s happening in Springfield is more suited to a bad late night comedy sketch. The budget impasse continues on, social service providers are going without pay, and just this past week, our state was hit with another credit downgrade. And now things could get even worse.
The House failed to bring the Fair Tax Amendment (HJRCA 59) to a vote, missing the deadline for placing it on the ballot for the upcoming November elections. The Fair Tax amendment, that would have allowed voters to vote on a constitutional amendment to implement a progressive income tax, enjoyed massive public support in both Democratic and Republican districts. By not taking up the amendment, Governor Rauner and House Republicans allowed Illinois to continue to head in the wrong direction.
Counter to the narrative coming out of the Governor’s office, the People’s Agenda points out that the state of Illinois is not spending too much, but rather is spending too little. Illinois has the 5th largest economy in the country and is the 13th wealthiest state, yet ranks 47th in spending across K-12 education, higher education, healthcare, public safety, and human services.