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Op-ed Placement

The Banana Republic Of Illinois

Originally Published in Investor's Business Daily on 6/23/17.

The media has hyper-obsessed over the Kansas tax hike this year and has sold this as a repudiation of "supply side economics." But the real story in the states has been the catastrophic effects of "tax and spend" fiscal policy in Illinois.

Last week Republican governor Bruce Rauner ended his three year standoff with House Speaker for life Mike Madigan's liberal Democratic machine and agreed begrudgingly to sign a $5 billion annual income tax hike.

Anyone who thinks this soak-the-rich scheme will solve Illinois' long-term budget crisis should have their head examined. Illinois already ranks in the top three among the 50 states in state-local tax burden, so if raising taxes were any kind of solution here, the Land of Lincoln would be a Garden of Eden.