Illinois has a spending problem, not a revenue problem

By Ted Dabrowski, Craig Lesner, John Klingner

Tax-hike proponents claim there’s no way to fix Illinois’ chronic budget problems without more money. They want Illinoisans to believe the state’s tax revenues simply aren’t enough to cover the cost of government.

But tax revenues aren’t the real problem. Illinois’ perennial budget crises stem from the state’s persistent overspending and misplaced spending priorities. The 2016 budget gridlock is the culmination of years of fiscal mismanagement under Illinois House of Representatives Speaker Mike Madigan’s leadership.

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