One state has unfunded pension liabilities, an unbalanced budget, billions in overdue bills and higher taxes — but is that a reason to say Indiana is better than Illinois?
After the Chicago Tribune said as much in a recent editorial — without consulting its downstate neighbors, we might add — Indiana is triumphant.
The state that refers to itself as the Hoosier State fired the first salvo with some governor-level gloating at a groundbreaking ceremony.
“We are thrilled to welcome HMD Trucking to Indiana, home to balanced budgets, a AAA credit rating and a low cost of doing business,” said Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, when the company moved from suburban Chicago to Indiana. “It is clear why HMD Trucking decided to move from Illinois to Indiana. We have become the best state in the Midwest to start, get and grow jobs.”
“Ouch,” the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board wrote. “The truth hurts.”
The Tribune editorial board also wrote, “Alas, it’s no longer surprising when an Illinois company leaves for Indiana ...Why? Because Indiana is one of the best states in the nation for doing business, and Illinois is one of the worst.”
The Indianapolis Star responded with an editorial of its own, adding some name-calling for good measure.
The Star’s editorial board wrote, “Did we hear that right? Someone from the ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up’ state of Illinois is conceding that Indiana is better?”