Just imagine reading a headline like that about the dark blue state just to the south of Governor Scott Walker's reddening Wisconsin. But it's true in the Badger State: round table discussions have already begun, and the cat's out of the bag: Walker's interested in dropping the state's income tax, WisPolitics.com reports:
"There are many states that do very well, better than most states in the country, that have no income taxes," Walker told reporters during a stop at his Northern Economic Development Summit. "That's one thing for us to look at. Is that feasible? What would that mean in terms of an economic boost? That's not only for individuals, but small businesses in this state."
And no, he's not teasing.
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler last week had the first of their roundtable discussions on taxes. Chandler said Monday those discussions are to get input from the public on what they're interested in as well as what's best for job creation. He said that could be changes to the income tax code or property taxes.
"We want to look at areas where we may not stack up well against other states, where particular aspects of our tax code may be out of line with other states," Chandler said. "We want to get the overall burden down, and we want to make all elements of the tax code as competitive as possible."
Illinois is nowhere near taking on such a dream. Illinois state lawmakers are checking out two options: making a recent temporary 67 percent income tax hike permanent, and switching to a progressive tax code that makes the rich pay more, and more, and more.