Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Was Wal-Mart failure tied to Illinois, RICo taxes?
RICHARD ROGERS of Rock Island had this letter in the September 13 Dispatch Argus. ..... marks paragraph breaks. "The elected officials of Rock Island worked very hard to get Wal-Mart to come to Rock Island; thank you for your efforts. .... What caused Wal-Mart to back out? Perhaps the impending sales tax increases played a large part in their decision. Illinois already has higher sales tax than Davenport and Rock Island County voters are being pushed to raise it another 1.5 percent. Couple that with state legislators, after doing nothing to solve the budget impasse because of after the election, contemplating raising the income tax and adding a 1 percent "sugar" tax, and Illinois is becoming an even an unhealthy climate for businesses. ..... Schools want more and more money. Last year the voters defeated the sales tax increase and some schools raised property taxes. Schools do not make any attempt to save the millions that could be saved by having one office of the superintendent for Rock Island County, instead of 10 offices. ..... Blame legislators who do not do the jobs for which they were elected. ..... Vote no on the increase of sales tax and vote out all incumbents in the Illinois Legislature. ..... As long as Illinois has an unfriendly resident atmosphere, more businesses will leave for the short trip across the river. Where did Mills Chevrolet go? Across the river. Where is development of retail? Across the river. ..... Vote out those who do not do what is right, but rather follow the political party leader's ideals."