Why does Illinois have extremely high property and sales tax rates?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    But you don't pay that much in property tax.   Your percentage may be higher, but your property is cheap.  

    1% of a 450k house in Seattle has a higher property tax bill than 2.3% of a 180k house in Springfield.     And the person in Springfield is going to have a nicer/bigger house, too.  

  • 2 months ago

    There are several reasons:

    1.  The state can't say "no" to any spending initiative.  States and cities live beyond their means.

    2.  The state constitution says that public employees' pensions (which are ridiculously generous) cannot be cancelled nor impaired.  For several years the state did not fund these pensions correctly, and the retiring employees want their money.  

    3.  Corruption and bribery are rampant, and the state government is overstaffed with loafers and incompetents who get "jobs" and do nothing.  In addition, there is no honest oversight of contractors.

    4.  Illinois' state employee unions are strong and militant - and nobody has the guts to get tough with them.

  • 2 months ago

    They needs some oil.

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