Friday, January 2, 2015
January 1 Quad City Times
On January 1 the Quad City Times printed two very contradictory "Wishes For 2015" back to back. "For Illinois Q-C students ... Rock Island County voters give their schoolchildren the same support Scott County voters have extended for more than a decade with the one percent sales tax for education. "Immediately followed by the wish "For taxpayers ... Legislators accept the ample revenue streams drawn from existing property and income taxes, then cease and desist discussions to add gas taxes, user fees or any new levies." Does the Quad City Times see the contrast between these two opposite wishes? Our Rock Island County schools should have a very ample revenue stream. We pay among the highest property taxes in the nation. Every expansion of gambling in Illinois and most of our tax increases have all been "for the children" yet our schools continue to decline. Could it be that more money might not be the answer?