107-0: That was the vote against the Blagojevich tax that would levy
a tax on every dollar that passes through a business, whether or not
the business shows a profit, and cost consumers billions of dollars
The vote on the resolution, sponsored by Democratic House Speaker
Michael J. Madigan, showed that the outpouring of public opposition
to this horrendous tax plan, which most states have already dumped,
is having an effect.
Of 10 lawmakers who spoke during debate on the issue Thursday,
just one -- Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Collinsville -- defended
Foreseeing the avalanche of opposition, Gov. Blagojevich urged
supporters of his tax to vote against it, arguing it was too early
for a vote on such an important issue. No one bought his laughable
attempt to save face.
Springfield's State Journal-Register opened its editorial after
the vote, "We'll title this one 'Gov. Blagojevich in Wonderland.'"
"Not since Alice fell through the looking glass have we seen such
logic," the State Journal-Register continued. "We're not sure if the
governor was simply trying to save face, knowing that his GRT
proposal was crashing faster than the '69 Cubs, or if he really
thought a 'no' vote would send a positive message. We hope it was
the former, as the latter raises questions of competency."
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The governor told reporters he felt "good about it" after the
vote. Rich Miller, who publishes the popular Capitol Fax newsletter,
wrote simply, "Obviously, reality is not always his strong suit."
Republicans in the Senate were rebuffed the same day as the House
action when they tried to have the actual GRT legislation called for
an immediate vote.
"We can put this question to rest rather quickly, I think," said
Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington. "I believe we have the votes to kill
this proposal that is holding business hostage and causing business
to shelve hundreds of millions of dollars in investment in
Senate President Emil Jones, sponsor of the governor's $7.6
billion tax increase, ignored the Republican request.
The legislature's scheduled adjournment is less than three weeks
Keep up the opposition; keep your eyes on other tax increase
schemes that may be brewing.
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