Most large states now boast Republican legislative majorities. The 2010 elections left Democrats in a depleted condition at the state level.
Not so President Barack Obama’s home state of Illinois. The Land of Lincoln is still reliably blue — even in these times. Despite the public’s outcry against big and intrusive government, the Democratic-dominated Illinois Legislature last week did the predictable: It raised state taxes in an attempt to close the state’s enormous budget gap.
They didn’t raise them a little. They raised them a lot: 66 percent on individuals and 45 percent on corporations. For you gentle souls who believe that only the “rich” will pay this tax increase, you might be disappointed to know that a family of four, with income of $60,000, is likely to pay more than $1,000 in extra state taxes.