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AYHSMB - Gems sale still not final - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I wonder if the new owners are from around here? Possibly related to the Oakleys?
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I never understand why the Quincy building inspector never mentions that building that houses Bayview Building supply. It is in worse shape than some of the fix or flatten property's and there are people going in and out every day buying building supplies. It is on 630 n 2nd, go down by the bay and look to the east.
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These are "elected officials" not employees. They are not entitled to heath insurance in my thinking based on the hours they work. I do realize they put in more time than the council meeting. But they are still a long way from being full time. Why are city taxpayers being burdened with the cost of their heath care when the county and the school board do not feed at the trough? The total cost for the…
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Is he bringing Oprah with him???
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And why should this stop? It's all part of their compensation. They spend a lot more time than what you see on TV. For example, if you eliminate the health care you reduce the likelihood of a small business owner wanting to run. Plus it also means most of the council members have the same health insurance as other city employees...which seems like a jolly good idea There are two reasons…

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Madigan’s ‘millionaire amendment’ proposal earns mixed reaction

4 months, 4 weeks ago Tobias Wall, State Capitol Bureau

Proposed “millionaires amendment” garnered mostly negative responses from lawmakers

From Tobias Wall, State Capitol Bureau :
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's proposed “millionaires amendment” garnered mostly negative responses from local lawmakers.
The Chicago Democrat on Thursday proposed a constitutional amendment that would tack an additional 3 percent surcharge on individual incomes over $1 million. The revenue the tax would generate, estimated to be $1 billion, would be distributed to Illinois' ailing public schools.
Republicans in both the House and Senate are skeptical of the proposal. Rep. Raymond Poe, R-Springfield, wondered what would keep millionaires from moving away.
“If you're making a million dollars, you can afford to move away. I'd like to see some projections at the end of the day, are we really actually going to make money or lose money?” Poe said. “I'm afraid we'll get this mass exodus.”
That exodus, Poe said, could result in a net loss of income tax dollars compared to what the state would normally realize under the status quo.
However, data provided by Madigan's office shows that even with the surcharge in place, the tax liabilities on millionaires in two neighboring states — Iowa and Wisconsin — still would be higher than on those in Illinois.
Poe also said that while he understands the needs of struggling schools, he's skeptical as to whether Madigan's plan is the right way to address them.
Grow jobs instead
Sen. Sam McCann, R-Carlinville, said earmarking new revenues for education was what lawmakers had in mind when they created the Illinois Lottery, but today, less than 7 percent of education funding comes from the lottery.
Calling Madigan's proposal “a gimmick at best,” McCann said, “there's no doubt we need to grow our revenue in the state, but we need to grow our revenue the way that so many other states have been able to grow it, and that is by increasing the number of people working.”
He said that when more people are working, more revenue flows into the state without the need for a tax increase, including “selective taxes” on millionaires.
Rep. Rich Brauer, a Petersburg Republican, took a slightly different approach, saying the state needs to focus on belt-tightening instead of searching for more money.
“Until we control spending, no matter how much revenue we raise, we will never balance the budget,” he said. “We have to control our spending, and we haven't done that.”

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