- Boys’ basketball holiday tournament tips off tonight
- Ribbon-cutting for Children’s Holiday Shoppe Nov. 26; shop is open Nov. 29-Dec. 21
- Rockford Rescue Mission invites community to Thanksgiving banquet Nov. 26
- Rockton’s new business district welcomes family owned Dr. Detail U.S. Cellular
- 2014 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition winners named
- Open house for new library executive director tonight
- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
Economy hurt by anti-business agenda
President Obama’s anti-business agenda has hurt our economy to such an extent that our tax base has been greatly eroded. It’s hard to get more taxes from someone who’s unemployed or underemployed, especially considering these people require money from our taxes.
Locally, the property taxes have gone down, but the taxes in many instances have increased only to provide needed services from a lower amount.
Our state is considering putting more of their public pension burden on the local governments as if they have more money to do this.
Some say we are likely to become more like Greece or some other European country with mobs rioting in the streets for more money that their government doesn’t have. Has it already happened in our country as evidenced by the ”occupy” movements, or not that far away in Madison, Wisconsin?
Michael A. Smith
From the May 16-22, 2012, issue