Shovel ready: Demorat Illinois governor signs massive tax/infrastructure bill

Fun fact about this demorat governor:

“He is a private business owner based in Chicago and a managing partner and co-founder of the Pritzker Group and a member of the Pritzker family who own the Hyatt hotel chain; he has an estimated personal net worth of $3.2 billion.

Pritzker was the Democratic nominee for governor of Illinois in the 2018 gubernatorial election. He defeated Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner in the general election on November 6, 2018. As governor, he holds more private wealth than any other governor in U.S. history and is the second-wealthiest U.S. politician to have ever held office, after Michael Bloomberg.

From MyFoxChicago: Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed into law a plan that will pour $45 billion into state construction projects to build and upgrade roads, bridges, parks and schools – and will require drivers, smokers and gamblers to pick up the tab.

Pritzker called it the “most comprehensive reconstruction effort” in the state’s history.

“Together we passed the largest, most robust capital plan in this state’s history,” said Pritzker, whose office says the plan will create 540,000 jobs. “We’re investing $45 billion over 6 years to fix what’s broken and repair what’s needed.”

Illinois’ first statewide capital plan in 10 years will include spending on everything from an expansion of high-speed broadband internet to sewage system development. The bulk of the money – $33.2 billion – will be spent on transportation projects. An additional $4.3 billion will be spent on state facilities, $3.5 billion on education projects and $1.2 billion on environmental projects.

To pay for it all, the Democratic-controlled Legislature approved the expansion of gambling around the state, including new casinos in Chicago, Rockford, Danville, Williamson County and a yet-to-be-decided site in a Cook County suburb south of Chicago. Supporters say the state’s share of gambling revenue will be $2 billion in one-time licensing fees and an additional $400 million a year when all the casinos are up and running.

“We’re responsibly expanding gaming at the request of cities that want to make sure that they have the resources to pay for police and firefighter pensions, and to fund vital services,” Pritzker said.

Lawmakers also have signed off on doubling the state’s gasoline tax from 19 cents a gallon to 38 cents a gallon, as well as bumping the price of cigarettes by $1 a pack, and adding a 15% tax on e-cigarettes.

The cost to register electric vehicles will climb by $250; the cost to register all other vehicles will be increased by $50. The plan also calls for an increase on the real estate transfer on commercial properties and the removal of a sales tax exemption on property valued at more than $10,000.

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Lou Minati
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Lou Minati

Show me any city, county, state, or country that has taxed itself into prosperity. Ever. I’ll wait….

William
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William

New York? kidding

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Washington D.C.

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

Prepare for illinois mass exodus.

GRIZZ
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GRIZZ

Flooding Colorado as I type.

Alma
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Alma

Yes, indeed, corrupt to the core and when money runs that way it buys many souls. My friends from Chicago tell me so but they are staying, moving away this late in their life is detrimental.

Alma
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Alma

Today Chicago is hosting their famous gay pride parade, Grand Marshall (he) Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

GRIZZ
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GRIZZ

I was offered a free new home in Pekin.
Without hesitation it was ” oh hell no”.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Why does this make me want to laugh? Gambling………, as a “solution”? Ha, ha, ha, ha……..! Does the “plan” include pillboxes and bulletproof positions for citizens to move around in? First Lightfoot, and now this? Seattle’s got competition. All of this is to be funded by sin taxes too? Well, there’s no shortage of sin in Illinois. Of course most of the gambling has traditionally been “unofficial”. Are they going to address those potholes? I should say craters. It looks like the dark side of the Moon. Of course they are large enough for fighting positions if you need them.

William
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William

The Pritzker family of course was instrumental in installing Obongo. Thanks for that. This whole plan is highly “regressive”, sin taxes, gambling. So much for the dems taxing the rich. And the whole boondoggle/clusterfu*k will have cost overruns, kickbacks, union labor, and will end up costing at least twice the current price tag, and after ten years still won’t be finished. And it will never be done right. But the Gay Pride parade will be second to none. Those dems – visionaries

Jackie Puppet
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I start paying at least another 19¢/gallon tomorrow, and C(r)ook and the collar counties can add a few more cents on top of that. The fat fuck JB (sorry, but that’s how I refer to him), unfortunately, kept his word on this cause he said he was gonna raise taxes to pay for it. Over half a million new jobs? LOL. They’ll probably go to all the illegal invaders at sub-minimum wages, and we’ll be stuck with shoddy “worksmanship” & the roads will still need repair. A lot of the roads that’ll be repaired, will already be in good condition.… Read more »

William
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William

That’s the way they do it here, “repair” the good roads and ignore the bad ones. Ther’s an 8-mile stretch of highway between my town and a larger one to the North. They repaved the Northern half last year, smooth as silk. So someone got a block grant for infrastructure improvement and they repaved the good half again this year. The stretch down by me looks and feels like it’s been carpet-bombed. Same state highway. That’s what you get with Soviet-style central planning, bumbling inefficiency. What do they care, it’s not their money

Lou Minati
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Lou Minati

I feel your pain, being a subject of Liawatha myself. But as bad as it is, I thank my lucky stars every day I’m still better off than if I lived in CA, CT, IL, or FL (or WA, or OR, or…).

Of course, we’re still all stuck with Kenya-Care for now regardless. Let’s just hope it doesn’t devolve into Kamal-care.

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Our new Michigan governor, Gretchen Whitmer, ran on the slogan, Just Fix the Damn Roads. Pretty classy, no? What she failed to mention was that after she got the Detroit Democrats to elect her, she told the state how she was going to ” Fix the Damn Roads.” She plans to raise our gasoline tax by .45 cents per gallon. That will take Michigan from the number 6th in the nation to number 1, or possibly number 2, depending on just how high California goes. As we all know, California is pretty good at getting high. When the people of… Read more »