While retirees on social security have received little or no increases in benefits in recent years, Illinois state retirees in the generous and bankrupt State of Illinois have continued to receive annual 3% increases. In fact retirees on social security received no increase in 2010 and 2011. See http://time.com/money/3903601/social-security-interest-rates-2016/
When the rest of the country suffered during the great recession, Illinois state retirees continued to see their benefits escalate. Many State retirees after a few years of retirement are making more than they were making when working at their state jobs. No wonder they all want to retire at 50, and move to Florida to collect their Illinois pensions while working at new jobs! Oh well, let’s increase taxes in Illinois. We all want our state retirees to have a comfortable retirement in Florida.
Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter (Chicago Democrat) pictured in the red dress is proposing another new tax – a penny per ounce on each sugary drink sold in sealed containers. Said tax is under the guise of helping people eat a healthier diet. What a joke! Allegedly, the money raised would be used to pay for some health services and educational efforts. As usual in the State of Illinois, the solution to every problem is more taxes. Tell this state senator not to worry about the people in Illinois. She should spend her time finding ways to reduce spending instead of more taxes. Don’t worry about the taxpayers of this state getting too fat – the only ones getting fat at our expense are the pigs in Springfield who continue to over feed with our hard earned income. The politicians in Springfield should not give us advice while gorging themselves at the expense of the taxpayers of this State.