Of course most Chicago aldermen are eating this up:I love how Rahm is floating the concept of a city income tax. Chicago's income tax base is too small for long term financial relief, but it certainly would help in the short run, before businesses could move their operations. With the city's large dependent population not paying the tax, and public pension benefits likely excluded, Rahm would nail suburban commuters, not "his" voters. Perhaps not a bad idea after all......
Some commuter reaction:“We pay tolls to get into other suburbs,” said Ald. Leslie Hairston, 5th. “I guess membership has its privileges. A lot of people come into the city of Chicago.”Also willing to consider the commuter tax was Ald. Pat Dowell, 3rd.“I think a commuter tax is sensible,” Dowell said. “I think that’s something that could be looked at. People that live outside the city and work in the city utilize our streets, our transportation systems. They’re in Chicago. They’re out of Chicago. Perhaps there’s a price to be put on that.”Asked if she was more open to taxing suburbanites because they don’t elect her, Dowell smiled and gave a quick nod.
And let it be noted many near suburbanites already subsidize Chicago's corrupt and dysfunctional Cook County bigtime.
Meanwhile, bankrupt Chicago continues on its merry way, running low on dead voters--or buying swamp with taxpayer dollars, take your pick (I wonder who the seller is connected to) and public union garbage collectors inexplicably get sick on Mondays and Fridays, forcing a cutback on rodent patrol.
I suggest more coyotes. That great street.
Leftists running out of other peoples' money, running 'em out of town.
--thanks for the recommended read, Pundit & Pundette