Recent Polls Show that Illinoisans are Leaving Because of Taxes
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Recent Polls Show that Illinoisans are Leaving Because of Taxes

Last month, ZeroHedge put out a story about Illinois residents wanting to leave the state. Specifically, it cited the motivations of those with the intention of leaving. Last year, 53 percent of Illinoisans had entertained the idea of moving out of the state. Now, in 2019, that number has increased to 61 percent, based on a new poll from NPR Illinois and the University of Illinois Springfield.

Many are wondering what’s the main motivating factor behind them leaving the state. Well, according to the poll, state taxes are the number one reason for them wanting to leave the state. The poll found that 27 percent of the respondents cited taxes for their desire to move. The next reason most people decided to move was state government and policies, at around 17 percent. In third place, was better weather, in which 15 percent cited this factor as a motive for moving. 

This poll serves as a warning to Governor J.B. Pritzker, who wants to eliminate the Illinois Constitution’s flat income tax provision and create a progressive income tax system. According to the poll, “Respondents reporting a household income of more than $100,000 a year (68%) are nearly ten percentage points higher than other income groups to say they’ve considered moving out of the state, with those reporting a household income lower than $45,000 (58%) being least likely.” At a glance, those with more resources appear like the ones who are most likely to leave.

Tax reform attempts like the progressive income tax that Pritzker is pursuing represents another way for politicians to extract money from the private sector to finance big spending. As far as taxation is concerned, Illinois is by no means slacking on that front. The state recently passed 20 new tax and fee hikes, which included a gas tax that was doubled, all to support a large $40 billion state budget.

The tax hikes that Illinois’s political class is proposing aren’t just coming out of nowhere. When we look at public employee pensions they’re already eating up a large share of Illinois’ state budget — one-fourth of it to be exact. Illinois’ pensions have exploded by 501 percent since 2000, which has put tremendous upward pressure on property taxes and has also resulted in cuts to state services.

One thing to note is that Illinoisians aren’t just entertaining the idea of moving out of state. Some have already taken the initiative by moving out. During the past five years, Illinois has earned the unfortunate distinction of being one of only two states to lose population on a consecutive basis. In this time period, Illinois lost 157,000 residents

People aren’t leaving Illinois on a whim; it’s largely because of public policy. Although Illinois got marijuana legalization right, the state still lags behind in certain aspects of economic freedom. Cato’s Freedom in the 50 States index has it in 46th place for local tax burden. Not only are taxes high at the local level, but there aren’t many jurisdictions locally that people can move to in order to reduce their tax burdens. The authors of this index gave Illinois policymakers a wise recommendation — “Reform the retirement systems of localities to reduce local taxes, which are sky-high.” By exercising some modicum of fiscal restraint with pensions, Illinois could likely stem the flow of people leaving the state.

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  1. [Taxation is theft; it is stealing; it is a violation of the 8th Commandment, Thou Shalt Not Steal (Exodus 20:15)
    The politicians are commie/socialists, mainly Democrats, who are “Statists,” which means they believe in the immorality of might-makes-right. They are not Christians. It is natural to flee from evil and taxation is evil, make no mistake and so it is wise for people to flee Illinois and corruptifornias.
    The reality is that politics is violence and political government it the bane of humanity; it is not Christian. When people vote they sanction the evil of politicians and thus voting is an act of violence. It took some years for me to realize this simple truth. Sadly, the majority of voters have not figure this truth out and then there are those who call themselves Christians but persist in the crime of voting. Go figure. Yes Dorothy, taxation is violence; it is stealing.
    I am happy for the people who can leave Illinois and corruptifornias, too. Both states are infected and infested with economics dishonest, immoral, hate mongering, elitist, slop-at-the-trough, suck-at-the-golden-teat, parasitic, prejudiced, duplicitous, vituperative commie/socialist Democrat politicians and voters. Both states deserve to fall to the bottom of the economic abyss though the commie/socialist Democrats will never admit they are the cause.
    The Bible in Revelation teaches us that the troika of evil, that wicked consort of politics, commerce and “false religion,” will be destroyed. We would be wise to terminate/abandon political government.
    Additionally, the Bible teaches us that there are two great commandments: love God and love our neighbors (Matthew 17:24-27). The hate mongering, commie/socialist Democrats evidence neither and thus are Satan’s acolytes. – JW]
    I recommend Ted R. Weiland’s messages. http://www.kingdompromises.org/kingdompromises_audio/1145.mp3 Pick the audio up at the 33:22 mark and listen to Weiland explain the problem of voting and political government. This Biblical information was never mentioned in the government schools and one private school that I attended, but of course all these schools had government contracts/grants/kids on government scholarships so they all had conflicts of interest, i.e. they were all prejudiced in favor of political government; it’s the money/”drug.” Political government has trapped us all with the welfare state’s and “Statist’s” loot A to satisfy B schemes. For certain political government has been the bane of humanity and history attests to this simple truth.

    Bible Law vs. The United States Constitution: The Christian
    http://www.missiontoisrael.org/blvc-index.php
    Law & Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant Perspective
    http://www.missiontoisrael.org/law-kingdom.php

    [“The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.” ~ H.L. Mencken

    Franz Oppenheimer identified the two basic means by which people can acquire wealth in the world: [1] the “economic means,” and [2] the “political means.” The “economic means” consists of relationships in which individuals voluntarily engage in transactions for the exchange of goods and services. The “political means” involve the forced taking of wealth belonging to one person and bestowing it upon another.

    Where have all the freedoms (flowers) gone, long time passing?
    Where have all the freedoms (flowers) gone, long time ago?
    Where have all the freedoms (flowers) gone?
    Voters trashed (Young girls have picked) them everyone.
    Oh, when will they ever learn?
    Oh, when will they ever learn? (remember the song?)

    The time has come,’ the Walrus said,
    To talk of many things:
    Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
    Of cabbages — and kings —
    And why the sea is boiling hot —
    And whether pigs have wings.'(remember the poem?)

    As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man —
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began —
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
    And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wobbling back to the Fire —
    And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins
    As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return! – Kipling, The Gods of The Copybook Headings

    And I am two and twenty and Oh ‘tis true, ‘tis true. (remember the poem?) – JW]

    “Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.” – Milton Friedman – JW]

    Thanks for the posting. Informative. Good on ya mates.

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