Illinois tax reform sideshow long on gimmicks and short on solutions
Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants to freeze local property taxes, but his new Illinois budget seeks to shift hundreds of millions of dollars of spending for teacher pensions off the state’s books and on to the same homeowners and businesses he says desperately need tax relief.
Inconsistencies, omissions and logic-bending myopia have long been the stuff of tax-reform talk in Illinois, and there’s no indication that will change heading into a 2018 governor’s race in which Rauner and rivals in both parties push competing visions for curing the fiscally ailing state.
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