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pjohnf - BGA lawsuit aims to lift veil on IHSA finances - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Fine let's make the IHSA open their books and meetings to scrutiny but state government should not be allowed to control high school sports. Government screws up everything it touches and we don't need state government screwing up high school sports too.
XBgCty - Quincy School Board votes to raise lunch prices - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
How about if they get food stamps and a free lunch, the food stamp amount if lowered by what the free lunches cost. As that is double dipping. WHY should the taxpayers have to pay them twice of more for the same thing?
XBgCty - Quincy School Board votes to raise lunch prices - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
If you get more then you paid in, it is an ENTITLEMENT. As it is someone else's money. If you get a deduction, you get to keep more of YOUR money. Liberals think the money people earn belongs to the government or other people, so if you get to keep some of the money you earn, liberals view that as an entitlement. There in lies the problem with this country. If you earn the money and you get…
AYHSMB - Quincy School Board votes to raise lunch prices - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
These kids would do fine on rice, beans, PBJ and any number of CHEAP healthy foods that people have been getting by on for millennia. I know. My parents raised 6 and everyone of us was skinny, healthy, and had a full stomach every day. We were eligible for every program out there at the time, but my father would have none of it. We packed our lunches until the school system wouldn't allow it.…
CoolEdge - Quincy School Board votes to raise lunch prices - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
There should be no cheating of course, but this is one place where tax money goes directly to making it a little easier to raise kids. I'm for that. I'm for a subsidy/entitlement/credit whatever ... for families raising children, even if they have seemingly marginal need. Money for school lunches is a rather direct way of providing that, with no way to directly divert that money. I guess…

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Madigan takes another shot at "millionaire's tax" with non-binding version

2 months ago Associated Press

Binding version of ballot question failed to get approval earlier this year

From Associated Press:

Powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Thursday resurrected a proposed ballot measure to impose a tax surcharge on millionaires that had earlier failed to win broad support, in a move Republicans criticized as abdicating to voters the job of dealing with tough issues such as tax increases.

Madigan proposed a non-binding ballot question asking voters whether the state should place a 3 percent surcharge on annual personal income over $1 million, which could join several other referendums that Democrats and Republicans want on the November ballot to drive voter turnout in a nationally-watched governor's race.

Madigan told a panel which approved the proposal by a 6-4 vote that he would have preferred to advance it another way.

But his effort earlier this year to get a binding measure on the ballot to increase taxes on millionaires failed to get the three-fifths majority necessary in the Legislature.

Madigan said the tax would raise $1 billion annually for elementary and secondary education. The money would be distributed to schools based on the number of students they serve.

Republicans on the panel questioned the strategy of lawmakers shunting tough decisions directly to the voters.

"Isn't there a genuine concern that the tough issues that legislators should deal with ... are being handled by voters?" state Rep. David Harris of Arlington Heights asked, referring to the host of measures which could be on the November ballot.

Unlike some states such as California, Illinois does not have a history of voters deciding issues by ballot initiative.

But Madigan dismissed questions about political motivations, noting "cynics and critics will be cynics and critics."

Having voters' support would help next year to pass the millionaires tax in the Legislature, Madigan said.

The move comes on the heels of Madigan's introduction last week of a different ballot question, asking if voters thought lawmakers should approve increasing the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour, and joins other questions on voter protections and victim's rights.

The slew of ballot questions is designed to drive voters inclined to vote Democratic to the polls and offset GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's own ballot initiative, which would ask voters whether the state constitution should be amended to limit the terms of lawmakers to eight years.

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