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The Illinois Example

The State of Illinois just passed a massive tax increase to deal with its budget deficit. Californians should pay close attention to the reaction. The AP reports:

While many states consider boosting their economies with tax cuts, Illinois officials are betting on the opposite tactic: dramatically raising taxes to resolve a budget crisis that threatened to cripple state government.

Neighboring states gleefully plotted Wednesday to take advantage of what they consider a major economic blunder and lure business away from Illinois.

Chicago Mayor Daley makes a point that should send a chill down California’s spine:

There was even some carping from Illinois Democrats. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley predicted jobs will start trickling out of Illinois with little fanfare.

“Businesses don’t have press conferences like this and announce they’re moving 50 people out, 60 people out, 70 people,” Daley said at an event in Chicago.

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