Are we subsidizing Illinois’ dysfunction?

No switch grass was harmed in the manufacture of this blogge.

The white lab coats here at the Policy Werkes acknowledge that they may be a tad sensitive. As some folks find racial bias under every bed, we suspect liberal-progressive-socialism in the mainstream news media. And the stream doesn’t get any more main than the Associated Press.

Take this AP story, pls, Mr. Youngman:

Republicans aren’t usually big on raising taxes, but they’re really eager to eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes.

Why? A look at the states that benefit the most from the tax break helps explain it — they are all Democratic strongholds.

Or, minus the partisan spin: Why should taxpayers in low-tax states — in states that tend to their knitting and watch their pennies — subsidize profligate states like Illinois and California?

That’s what the federal deduction for state and local taxes does: it encourages high taxes.

New York taxpayers average $21,038 in deductions to take the top spot. In fact, the top 12 states benefitting from this federal giveaway are run by Democrats. (Illinois and Minnesota are 7th and 9th; although Illinois now has a Republican governor his reforms have been derailed by  Illinois’ Democratic legislature. Illinois just hiked its income taxes, overriding Gov. Rauner’s veto.)

Wisconsin taxpayers average a $11,272 deduction —  just below the national $11,846 average and (shamefully) good for 13th place. We are the first Republican-run state on the list and the highest-taxed state won by Trump. That may be a clue why Walker does not want to raise highway taxes.

Whacked at 3 a.m.

Ever notice how many guys get whacked while they’re sitting in a car at 3 o’clock in the morning? Like this guy on the SW side of town? Just exactly what are you doing sitting in a car at 3 o’clock in the morning? Waiting for the Arby’s to open? No, you’re waiting for your man, with $26 dollars in your hand (as Lou Reed sang in the Velvet Underground’s Heroin). How many other dudes are sitting in their cars at 3 a.m.?

July 22, 1017 headline:After years combating violence in downtown Madison, police say it’s worse than ever.”

Quick, Madison Common Council, make the police do even more reports!

Platinum subscriber dross

About the Garver building on the east side. Just tear it down, O.K.? Maybe keep the entrance facade as an architectural ruin. But the thing has got “money pit” written all over it.

Beautiful work by Mitch Henck in Sunday’s State Journal about the union worker who, he says, was blacklisted by his own union. My general, all-purpose beef about unions is that they are built in intimidation and cater to the lowest common denominator.

And good on Bill Lueders for his reportage in Isthmus on how the Dane County district attorney’s office screw-up allowed three alleged burglars to walk free.

The little baby, Charlie Gard. You don’t think socialized medicine has death panels? Maybe there was no saving this little fellow, but shouldn’t the parents be allowed to try? Not in the U.K., where the doctors work for the government, not the patient.

Jeff Sessions was the first and for a long time the only U.S. senator to back Trump. The Donald’s treatment of this most ethical public servant is sickening.



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1 Response to Are we subsidizing Illinois’ dysfunction?

  1. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Of course the Garver building is a money pit, but think how badly Madison needs an “artisan food processing facility.” This city’s liberal elites are drawn to anything with the word “artisan” in it like a certain little bear was to a honey pot. And a bargain at only $19.8 million–pocket change to said elites (or roughly equivalent to 2 or 3 settlements for “victims” of MPD’s well-known brutality). To really make local liberals swoon, how about renaming it the Barack & Michelle Obama Artisan Food Processing Facility–a name that captures perfectly the essence of today’s Democrat party.


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