* Southtown columnist Kristen McQueary climbs aboard the GRT bus…
Let this sink in: From 1997 to 2005, 48 percent of corporations with annual sales of $50 million or more paid no corporate income taxes, according to Blagojevich’s office of management and budget. […]
Scott Reeder, bureau chief for Small Newspaper Group in Springfield, reported in February that Boeing took to flying executives over the ocean when signing sales agreements to avoid taxation policies. […]
In the meantime, be skeptical — of the television commercials, the data, the projections, the doomsday scenarios. If it means playing “chicken” with big businesses threatening to leave the state, deal me in.
No argument from me that big business needs to pay its fair share. But one major quibble: McQueary writes about companies grossing more than $50 million a year, but the governor’s GRT proposal kicks in at a mere $1 million a year gross. A well-run family restaurant would gross that easily - hardly a big business.
* The AP has a story up entitled “Three Democratic senators reject Blagojevich tax plan.” Not quite. I’ll post a copy of the letter signed by the three Latino Senators in the subscriber-only section, but it doesn’t flat-out oppose the gross receipts tax.
* Democratic state Rep. Frank Mautino expressed his doubts about the GRT yesterday…
â€œIt does not have support in this chamber,â€ said state Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley.
* Schoenburg: Governor’s latest PR move puts pressure on nonprofits
“Here we have a state worker, on state time, using state equipment to generate a state-owned note that solicits providers with state contracts to use provided talking points to lobby their legislators to support the governor’s health-care proposals. […]
“The intimation is that support for the governor’s program will support our organization,” the social service agency person said. “If we do not, we have no way of knowing where we’ll stand after the dust settles.”
* According to Michael Sneed, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. opposes the GRT…
The injury will not stop Jackson, however, from battling Gov. Blagojevich’s proposed gross receipt tax, claiming it will devastate small businesses.
* Ads air opposing Governor’s tax plan
* Choice tough for school funding plans