'A victory for truth' is how a central Illinois lawmaker describes the failed progressive income tax proposal from Governor JB Pritzker in early November.
State Senator Chapin Rose says you can fool some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time and was glad to see this proposal fall short.
The Mahomet Republican says Gov. Pritzker was in denial over the feelings of Illinoisans and credits middle-class residents for understanding what was happening.
According to Sen. Rose, Illinois Democrats have backed themselves into a corner with a veto session coming up. He believes they were banking on these reforms passing and at the very least a bailout coming from the federal government.
Raising taxes on Illinoisans doesn't seem like a good solution with Democrats having sizeable majorities of their district opposed to tax increases and now it appears the Governor is going to turn to borrow on a no-interest loan from the federal government.
According to the Senator, there is a "civil war" in the Illinois Democratic party, and believes lawmakers are not going back to Springfield until Speaker Mike Madigan gets his 60 votes. He believes everything happening right now is about the Speaker securing those 60 votes.
Sen. Rose believes Illinois is already very behind on the budget process if cuts are the move to make to balance the budget. He says with the path the State is on, it is getting closer and closer to achieving junk bond status.