20.6.19

ILLINOIS IS WHAT DEMOCRATS DO.

Sometimes, what Democrats do defies parody.  Dan Mitchell nominates current Illinois governor J. B. Pritzker for a George Orwell award.  "The governor of Illinois actually asserted that higher income taxes are needed to stop people from leaving the state."

It sounds plausible at first blush: as the net effect of Illinois property and sales taxes, which are onerous and fall more heavily on lower income people, is regressive, the proportional income tax suggests a stronger incentive for lower income people to avoid all of Illinois's taxes by leaving.

The reality, though, is that Illinois is chasing the higher income people out.

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