We’ll Spend Less This Time, Honest

Quinn, governor of IL, wants a tax increase.  A big one.  Here I was all lathered up because I immediately assumed it was just another way to keep politicians from being accountable for their bad spending habits.  How wrong can a guy be?  Turns out it’s only for four, maybe five years.  Then we go back to “normal.”  And in the meantime, the IL legislature is going to reduce spending.


It reminds me of a story.  One time a man told his son, “Boy, one day a man is going to approach you with a deck of cards.  He’s going bet you that the Jack of Spades will jump right out of that deck and squirt cider in your ear.”

“Yes, father?”

“Son, don’t take that bet, because you are about to get a wet ear.”

I have a feeling we Illinoisans are about to get a wet ear and a whole lot more.

By the time Quinn gets through, no business will locate here upon threat of death.  Let me see…no businesses, no revenue, no revenue, no…well, you get the picture.  It is bad enough that our governor thinks this is a good idea.  The unbelievable part is that he believes that we believe that they believe they will actually cut spending if we just believe them.  Unbelievable.

So, for those of you in states retaining some semblance of sanity, we may be sending you some businesses.  We’d like to send you Quinn, but none of us have the heart to pawn him off on another state.

About Terry Noel

I am an Associate Professor of Management and Quantitative Methods at Illinois State University. My specialty is entrepreneurship.
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