* As the old saying goes, the only truly honest politician is a retired politician.
Case in point: Here’s former Attorney General Jim Ryan back when he was a retired politican, in June of 2007. HB 750, by the way, was the income tax hike in exchange for property tax reductions…
Jim Ryan: “I did support HB750, [although] I think it is a moot issue…” “I think the idea of some permanent revenue stream for education and ultimately for health care is very important for our state and I do think we have a revenue problem…” “We still have…probably over a three billion dollar budget deficit again in the State…” […]
Jeff Berkowitz: As a member of the [Center for Tax and Budget Accountability] Board and I realize you are saying that legislation doesn’t generally go thru exactly as proposed, if somebody says to you that Board is supporting HB 750
Jim Ryan: I am comfortable saying I support it.
Jeff Berkowitz: Implicitly, you support the notion of a 5.5 billion dollar net increase in taxes, right?
Jim Ryan: Right. In principle, I support HB 750, right.
* And here’s Jim Ryan, active candidate for governor, today…
But in an interview today on WGN-AM’s Greg Jarrett Show, Ryan offered few specific details about how he would approach the state’s gaping budget deficit besides opposing higher taxes and seeking a “top to bottom” review of all state programs. [Emphasis added]
I wonder how long it will be before JRyan resigns from the CTBA board of directors?
Five, four, three….