Comparison of two governors

May 30, 2012

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
Ashton, Ill.

From the May 30-June 5, 2012, issue


  1. Susan

    May 30, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Gov. Walker is a “success.” That is why Gov. Walker has been recalled? And why Wisconsin is bleeding jobs? That taxes for business are actually higher in Wisconsin?

  2. John

    June 1, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Mr. Arn didn’t mention that in addition to our failure of a Governor, our state is also at the brink of bankruptcy thanks to the Democratic Legislature.

    Susan clearly dosen’t understand that the “Recall” hasn’t taken place yet. Governor Walker is currently leading his tax-and-spend Democratic opponent in the polls. The election, Susan, is next week.

  3. Susan

    June 2, 2012 at 6:31 am

    John you are right. I phrased it wrong. However, when almost a million voters signing a petition for an election on the recall, it says a lot about how good a job he is doing.I would have had more respect for Gov. Walker, but he only targeted those who did not support him in the election. Good politics, but bad for a moral choice.

  4. Tina

    June 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    John apparently doesn’t understand that Wisconsin taxes on business are higher than in Illinois. Seriously, our state is in difficult times because we DIDN’T raise taxes when we should have…we waited until we were in dire straits. If you don’t get that, I would refer you to Pres. Reagan, who cut taxes in his first year, and spent the next seven raising taxes every single year. If you need a history book, John, I’ll be glad to lend you one, because it appears that you do most of your reading in the Fox News fiction section.

  5. Mr. Sockwell

    June 4, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Our country would be better off if there was no political parties or groups. Causing the politician to plegde allegiance to the people and not a group. The politician spend more time pushing the agenda of their gang, I mean their political party, than working on a solution that would move out country forward. If they don’t stop acting like Middle School Children we will lose OUR LAND.

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