Wednesday, March 11, 2009

House Democrats vote to keep Cook County sales tax nation's highest

Illinois Review:
Cook County residents should be up in arms against Democratic House members who voted Tuesday against a House legislative proposal to roll back Cook County sales tax by 1 percent. In an unsuccessful House floor manuever, Republicans tried and failed to get House Speaker Mike Madigan to call for a floor vote HB 3948. Democrats sustained the speaker's call, and for now, the tax rollback is dead.
On Tuesday, Freshman Democrat Paul Froehlich voted in lock-step with Chicago Democrat leaders in opposing House Republican legislation that would have repealed the Cook County tax hike by rolling back the sales tax by 1%.

The House Republican legislation would have rolled the sales tax back by 1%. The measure also instituted key reforms, including requiring any new tax increase to be approved by popular referendum.
Since the Stroger Tax Increase, Chicago has held the title of the single highest sales tax in the nation at 10.25 %. Comparatively, New York City and Los Angeles are both below 8.5 %. The tax took effect July 1.

1 comment:


    Three out of four Schaumburg Representatives voted to block this tax rollback. All three broke major campaign promises in the process.

    The guilty parties are Paul Froehlich, Fred Crespo, and Bill Walker. All three are Democrats, and the only Schaumburg rep to uphold her campaign promise was Rep. Suzanne Bassi, a Republican.


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