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Yet, Illinois won’t do that. Instead of making the state more competitive, the Illinois Senate simply chose to spend more. By a unanimous vote the Senate decided that if state contractors were struggling financially, then they would give them hiring preferences and pay the extra costs. To them it made sense.
After all, the state senate wasn’t voting to spend their money, they were spending ours. Another irony is that while state government is willing to pay a premium for contractors, they are also in a bi-partisan fashion crying poverty and working to hike taxes.
State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) has stated a willingness to hike taxes to pay to current services. Two House Republicans supported a massive tax hike cloaked as education funding reform in Committee earlier this spring. Senate Democrats, who have a veto proof majority, overwhelmingly support tax increases for new spending on education and health care.
Yet, by their willingness to pay more for government contractors, they are proving they are poor stewards of the public treasury who shouldn’t be trusted with more money.
After being flogged in the 2006 elections and having the increase rammed down their throats, one would think that Illinois Republicans would have been spoiling to collectively say, “We told you so.” After all, the Governor told us this would help Illinois workers, but it’s his Administration throwing workers under the bus. Instead, Senate Republicans rolled over. We can only hope House Republicans will have more spirit.
While an argument can be made that Republicans were focused on the fighting the Governor’s now all but dead $7.6 billion gross receipts tax. It’s more likely a well beaten party just wanted the minimum wage debate to go away — even when they have a winner.
For the rest of the country, however, we now have a striking example of how even government is even unwilling to pay for the wages it has set. Highlighting how the Illinois minimum wage increase backfired, and Illinois lame attempt to fix it, is a lesson we should remember in future minimum wage fights.
Pointing to Democrat hypocrisy and incompetence won’t hurt either.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online