- Dimke: ‘I’m not going to retire’
- IMRF responds: Pay spiking against the rules
- Bill limits automated license plate readers
- Private uni’s subject to FOIA says House
- Guest Commentary: Earth Day or April Fools Day?
- State Roundup: Concerns raised about proposed change in DUI pot standard
- Bill would decrease pot penalties; small amounts would draw only ticket, fine
- Senate votes to restore human service cuts; bill moves to House for consideration
- Bill to restrict red light cameras passes House
- State Roundup: Budget fix in current FY not yet done
Comparison of two governors
Let’s compare, shall we, the governors of Illinois and Wisconsin, one a failure, the other a success story. In Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn has raised taxes on every single person and business in the state, while Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin hasn’t raised taxes on anyone; in fact, many Wisconsin residents have seen their property taxes decrease. Where Gov. Quinn has laid off state workers and closed state facilities, Gov. Walker has not.
In January 2011, Illinois had massive budgetary problems including $8 billion in unpaid bills and $80 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, while Wisconsin had itself a $3 billion budget deficit. A year-and-a-half later, under Gov. Quinn, Illinois’ problems have only grown worse, like now having $9 billion in unpaid bills, while Wisconsin has seen its deficit turn into a projected $154.5 million surplus thanks to Gov. Walker’s leadership.
One can only imagine in how much better shape Illinois would be in if someone like Scott Walker was our governor, instead of the abject failure of a chief executive that is Pat Quinn.
Ulysses S. Arn
From the May 30-June 5, 2012, issue