Tax stance is a puzzlement

January 5, 2014 

It's really hard figure out the BND's stance on taxation. A few days ago you saw no problem with a sales tax increase as long as it had a sunset clause. You got one, 25 years! Then Saturday you lamented residents leaving the state, and cite high taxes as one reason for the out migration from Illinois.

This out migration has been going on since 1977. In 2013 only New Jersey's numbers where higher; this was due to Hurricane Sandy. What's leaving the state is income and talent. According to the Illinois Policy Institute, $26 billion of income has left the state since 2009. One resident leaves the state every 10 minutes.

Perhaps the state could erect a wall like East Germany did in Berlin in 1961. East Germany built the wall to keep their talent in. The official statement was to protect the East Berliners from fascist neo-Nazi forces from corrupting its citizens.

The state of Illinois has a wall; it's invisible but very effective. It keeps jobs from coming in,it keeps business and commerce out. Let's all pray it doesn't last as long as the Berlin Wall.

William H. Bremen Sr.

Belleville

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