-John Dillon. John blogs at Pension Vocabulary.
My neighbors and their “millennial” children living in the basement are leaving Illinois for Indiana. They’ve had enough, they tell me. “The taxes, Madigan, the Obamas…”
They’ll be happier there and better off, they tell me over an afternoon beer. And almost an hour closer to their slip in Grand Haven where they spend much of their time sailing.
They’re recently retired (and so are their children – not-so-recently).
So, one more Illinois resident family leaves and becomes another statistic in the ongoing argument that Illinoisans are fleeing the state of Illinois in Biblical proportions. Look back and turn to salt?
I often drive on the Southside expressways, so I commonly see the signs welcoming all of us to Indiana, and the puffed-up promises of a better life in a state where the median income is 31st as contrasted to Illinois’ 18th position according to U.S. Census’s Bureau reports. But it is appearances that are dressed as reality that humans swallow in American politics.
I’ve heard first-term governor Rauner’s constant pitches that we are “losin’ people to our neighborin’ states.”
Are we? Have we been? I’ve wondered…
Rauner echoes the arguments of his close allies in the Illinois Policy Institute, and Representative Ron Sandack (81st District) who all follow this line of argument like a phalanx of myrmidons.
“The wealthy will leave, I tell ya! And then, we’ll be left to pay the increased taxes,” Representative Sandack urged at a recent meeting I attended when he was asked about a graduated tax policy.
For Representative Sandack and many others like the governor, so many issues will result in people’s mass exodus to other places: pension issues, workman’s comp., union power, local rule, etc.
Yet, new evidence and research from Natalie Davila, Mike Klemens, Robert Ross, and Lyman Stone from KDM Consulting notes quite the opposite of the argumentative positions of the current governor, the I.P.I., and Representative Ron Sandack.
Read the entire post here.