Tuesday, February 28, 2012

More Doom for Illinois

There is a low, hollow scraping sound echoing across the state. It's the sound of the state government scraping the bottom of the barrel. In a desperate attempt to find new money to maintain the status-quo, the state is tinkering with revoking tax-exempt status on certain non-profit organizations.

The state hasn't quite reached the bottom of the barrel because there is potential income from gambling, legalizing Marijuana, and revoking the tax-exempt status of religious organizations.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Illinois is a doomed state!

Gatehouse Media has finished picking at the carcass of the State Journal-Register and is wanting to lease space  within the fresh skeleton of the property on 9th Street.

The governor proposed changes in state employment, supposedly to help balance the budget, but when you consider the salaries related to the types of jobs proposed for increase opposed to the types of jobs proposed for decrease, there appears to be a severe disparity and contradiction, or outright deception. The increasing positions appear to be aimed at high-power, highly paid positions reserved for people with political clout.
After Sears Holdings and other corporations threatened to leave the state of Illinois over the income tax increase, Governor Quinn promised Sears huge tax breaks to they would stay. As a thank-you, Sears decided to close six different stores anyway.

Illinois will no longer have mail processing centers. Intrastate mail will require shipping out-of-state (or interstate) because no mail processing centers will remain in Illinois.

Springfield, Illinois school district 186 plans to borrow money on its own to make up for money unpaid by the state, so now the burden of interest is on the backs of the residents within the school district.

Illinois is so deep in debt and deficit spending that correcting the problem will follow closely, if not exactly in the footsteps of Greece. The state of Illinois since Al Capone, or even earlier, has been one of the biggest criminal enterprises in the world.

Public officials are too invested in private industry to create the necessary regulations to bring down the cost of maintaining the government. The bribery is institutionalized to the offices occupied by the politicians, and not the individuals, so it makes no difference who gets elected.

So, it's not really the politicians who are the problem, but the connections they have with industry, especially the businesses that win state contracts. Of course, all incumbent politicians need to be "removed."