SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Popped for pop

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)

* Umm…

Nahshon Shelton didn’t want to pay the 22-cent tax on his $1.79 two-liter of Pepsi on Saturday afternoon, Chicago Police said.

So he allegedly pulled a blue-steel Intratec .22-caliber submachine gun out of his Gucci satchel inside the convenience store in the 4000 block of West Madison Street where they tried to make him pay it — and he threatened to kill everyone there, a prosecutor said.

This “is my neighborhood, I’m tax exempt!” he would later allegedly tell the cops, the Sun-Times is reporting. “Man, you know what, I’ll keep it real. I had to put them in their place.”

o.0

Well, this is awkward because…

Lawmakers in both the House and Senate have proposed a hike in the Illinois soft drink tax.

Soft drinks in the state are subject to a 6.25 percent tax compared to ‘qualifying food and drugs,’ which are taxed at one percent. The legislation would raise the cost of soda, juice drinks, sports drinks and teas.

The tax would be a penny-per-ounce surcharge on sugar-sweetened drinks.

Add soft drinks to the ever-growing list of items legislators are looking to tax. Over in the House, legislators have heard proposals to increase the cigarette tax, overhaul or eliminate the corporate franchise tax, extend the research and development tax credit, and making tax credits transferable.

* Increasing the motor fuel tax has also been a part of those discussions…

A recent proposal to raise the Illinois fuel tax to pay for state transportation costs is meeting opposition.

Retail gas station owners announced their opposition to such a plan on Monday in Springfield. They say raising the tax hurts drivers and businesses during a tough economy.

Bill Fleischli is the vice president of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association. He says the state should stop diverting money intended for roads to other areas of the budget.

BlueroomStream subscribers should have access to video of yesterday’s media availability with the petroleum marketers.

- Posted by Barton Lorimor        


25 Comments
  1. - OneMan - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 7:44 am:

    “is my neighborhood, I’m tax exempt!”
    A new plan coming soon from Pat Quinn where you don’t pay sales taxes in your neighborhood
    or
    “is my neighborhood, I’m tax exempt!”
    A new plan from Alderman Firoetti where you don’t pay taxes in your neighborhood but everyone from outside of it and the city of Chicago pays 30%


  2. - Jimbo - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 8:12 am:

    Well now that I’ve quit smoking, I wholeheartedly support raising the cigarette tax, hehe.


  3. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 8:58 am:

    What happens when the folks living off of entitlements start complaining about taxes too?

    There has always been an assumption that they know that it is taxes paying for their Link cards.

    It would be very damaging if everyone starts demanding that they no longer pay taxes, wouldn’t it?


  4. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 9:02 am:

    When a government starts justifying vices in order to put a tax on them to pay for government, it isn’t a stretch for these same people to begin justifying taxing anything that give folks a treat as frivolous, unnecessary or harmful in order to take more money from us.


  5. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 9:04 am:

    Someone is enjoying themselves, so tax whatever it is that is making them happy. Make them pay for that moment of happiness.

    We need the money for new grants to hand out before election day.


  6. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 9:17 am:

    ==A recent proposal to raise the Illinois fuel tax to pay for state transportation costs is meeting opposition.==

    Everybody wants the roads fixed but nobody wants to pay for it.


  7. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 9:27 am:

    ==Everybody wants the roads fixed but nobody wants to pay for it==

    Everybody wants everything but don’t want to pay for it!


  8. - Wumpus - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 9:38 am:

    Chappelle Show when keeping it real goes wrong. Intratech, Gucci, guys got style


  9. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 10:11 am:

    –When a government starts justifying vices in order to put a tax on them to pay for government,–

    Gee, you mean like the first tax ever levied by the United States, that on whiskey?


  10. - A guy... - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 10:18 am:

    May I be the first to suggest this gentleman go with the Caffeine Free Pepsi?


  11. - Mason born - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 10:31 am:

    “He says the state should stop diverting money intended for roads to other areas of the budget.”

    If this is true then he is absolutely correct however if it still isn’t enough can we count on his support to make up the difference?


  12. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 10:36 am:

    The price of gas varies so much in Illinois that consumers won’t even notice the overdue and needed increase in gas taxes. The trucks that transport the gas to the stations across Illinois also need good roads. A good argument that makes sense against a motor fuel tax cannot be made and justified.


  13. - DuPage - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 10:36 am:

    Diverting highway tax money to other things is not the best idea. Where the diverted highway money actually is spent is sometimes obscure. Yes, it is easy to see the road projects, but the rest of the money going elsewhere is rarely publicized or talked about.
    Also cars get more MPG, so the “per gallon” part of the tax brings in less money per car.


  14. - Past the Rule of 85 - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 11:25 am:

    A sound infrastructure is vital to the state’s economy. I don’t mind paying for improvements to the roads, but I expect my motor fuel taxes to be spent on road improvements. It’s hard to support higher motor fuel taxes when so much if it seems to be diverted for other obscure purposes.


  15. - ChrisB - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 11:40 am:

    “He says the state should stop diverting money intended for roads to other areas of the budget.”

    YOU CAN’T CUT BACK ON FUNDING! YOU’LL REGRET THIS!

    One thing I learned from Sim City 2000. Roads always get 100% funding.


  16. - Semi-auto - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 11:46 am:

    Never heard of a Intratec .22-caliber sub-machine gun. Intratec does make a semi-auto magazine fed pistol. If the guy did have a sub-machine gun this would be in violation of the National Firearms Act (NFA)of 1968. If he did have a sub-machine gun, this would be nation news. I think the reporter need to clarify that the guy did not have a sub-machine gun.


  17. - Keyser Soze - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 1:06 pm:

    A letter writer to our local paper, an avowed electric car owner, encouraged readers to support a fuel tax increase to fund road improvements. I know, this is strange, and on more than one level, but especially since Illinois diverts motor fuel taxes to uses other than their intended road repairs. In this, the year of the pothole, it would nice to see the citizenry arise to demand that gas taxes be used to fix the roads. This is said with a tip of the hat to Bill Fleischli.


  18. - Senator Clay Davis - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 1:22 pm:

    Illinois Policy Institute take note: Nahshon Shelton could be your new spokesperson. Exciting, young, African-American guy, supports low taxes, opposes gun control. Think about it.


  19. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 1:26 pm:

    Leave it to a Chicago reporter to call a plastic semi-auto pistol a “blue steel sub-machine gun”.

    Gotta love it.


  20. - Dan L - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 1:30 pm:

    @Semi-auto:

    The original article was updated to reflect the fact that he was carrying a handgun, not a submachine gun. Capitol Fax should do the same.


  21. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 1:34 pm:

    Senator Clay, that was inspired. Well done, sir.

    But you’re thinking too small. Shelton obviously should be the IPI’s guy to take on Kirk in 2016.

    “Vote Shelton: Keep the GOP Real”


  22. - Anon - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 5:11 pm:

    ==What happens when the folks living off of entitlements start complaining about taxes too? ==

    We start means testing sales tax?


  23. - Clevelander - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 5:51 pm:

    He had an expired FOID. No mention of CCW.

    The report stated he was only charged with UUW. Is that all they can throw at him for having a handgun outside his home in Chicago? I thought the Cook County State’s Attorney could at least throw in assault charges since he pulled the gun and threatened people.


  24. - Just The Way It Is One - Tuesday, Apr 15, 14 @ 6:08 pm:

    Sad to say not too shocking, really–that area on the West Side surely has one of the highest Crime, and SERious Crime rates overall, in Chicago, let alone in Illinois.

    And, yet, it just goes to show that when such “nickel and dime yourself to death” Taxes are added to items by the Legislature, people–and not just hardened Criminals or dudes making serious threats, like Mr. Mad Pepsi Tax, above–DO take notice, and are NOT often too tickled about it either, although they may not VERbalize their frustation about having to PAY it! Instead, folks just grumble inwardly, take it on the chin ‘cuz they figure there’s nothin’ they can DO about it anyway, and throw down that extra $ilver for whatever they’re buying–and that, too, is the very point…!

    That is, the Legislature KNOWS that when an Illinois Customer (or customer ANYwhere in the World, really), steps up to that Store Counter, has decided, and is ready to purchase something they want or need, whether it be cigs, cigars, liquor, or a lousy SODA, etc., they WILL pay up, no matter what–and that INCLUDES just aBOUT (within reason) whatEVer amount that dang $ales Tax IS!

    Thus, an easy Majority of our Senators and Representatives mostly HAVE in years past, and will conTINue to get away with, those slight sales tax increases for most ANY item they want to tack them onto, on occasion–for that very same reason…! (But then, they’ll pause, too, and think, “Ooooooh–hope everybody got outta THAT situation ok!” when they come across News like the Post…but just keep on doin’ it anyway!

    And, why? They’ll merely JUSTify it by thinking (an here’s where, sadly, I must agree that in tough times like now for Illinois that they DO actually have a POINT), nevertheless, “Hey, we’re the Ones elected to be responsible for paying off all of these debts of Ours here in Illinois, and being able to PAY for Laws we PASS, so, what the hey, it’s ONLY a few cents more for this or that item after all–especially if it’s for that UNnecessary FUN stuff, like smokin’ and drinkin’ (i.e. the Infamous “SIN” Taxes), and…like it or not, we’ve got a JOB to do down here in Springfield for the People, and one of our Main TASKS is that SOMEbody’s gotta bite the bullet and buck up, so it might as well be ALL of us who wanta buy somethin’ here in Illinois, whether ya live here or not–cuz, dag nab it, we have enough problems already and don’t wanta make matters WORSE and ADD to our already huge DEBTS, and look stupid, so we’ve just gotta pay the BILL$ around here after all…!”


  25. - Mason born - Wednesday, Apr 16, 14 @ 7:16 am:

    clevelander

    Reread the original story. He was also charged with a unlawful use of a firearm by a felon and assault. The Felon part will put him back in prison.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Unions file suit in St. Clair County
* Reader comments closed for the holiday weekend
* AG Madigan files TRO
* In re James Dimas
* Question of the day
* Weirdest. Oppo Dump. Ever.
* Big bucks reported by Zopp, Raja
* LIVE Comptroller Munger press conference coverage
* Yet another clock starts ticking down
* Hey, Cardinal fans...
* Rauner makes cheery visit to Illinois State Museum
* The Tier 2 difference
* *** UPDATED x4 *** Attorney General goes to court
* Credit Unions – Protecting Financial Futures
* GOP legislator wants "temporary, balanced budget"
* Food for thought
* The blame game
* Meanwhile, in the real world...
* When Indiana invaded Illinois
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * HERE app now includes reversible lanes across all platforms
        * 5 reasons the world needs an Android BlackBerry
        * Apple may have already lined up iPad Pro display manufacturers
        * Kill Me Again: Infectors goes on soft launch for Android devices
        * Apple iPhone 6s leak reveals updated chips, but the return of 16GB storage option
        * Pushbullet’s now rolling out a stability update for its Android app
        * HTC One M9 Developer Edition now receiving the Android 5.1 update

        * Make a Three-Tier Wedding Guest List to Prioritize Invitations
        * Here's why Reddit users have shut down sections of the popular site
        * Will You Be Paying for That With Cash or Selfie?
        * Boards for Trello Gives Quick Access to Your Boards in Chrome
        * Is Android the New Windows?
        * Ask a Novel, Interesting Question to Remember Names and Introductions
        * VR and Venice — Coming to a Gondola Near You if the Tourism Industry Has Its Way

        * White Sox sign first-round pick Fulmer
        * All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday
        * Terrerobytes: White Sox trade rumor season off to quiet start
        * Danks draws O's Ubaldo in Chicago opener
        * All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday
        * Tatis Jr. among White Sox finds on int'l market
        * Sale grabs AL's top pitcher honor for June

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        July 2015
        June 2015
        May 2015
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Bill Would Allow Cameras in Illinois Nursing Ho.....
        * Carol Marin: Another bad movie in Springfield -.....
        * Bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing ho.....
        * Bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing ho.....
        * Chicago teachers protest planned cuts after dis.....
        * Bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing ho.....
        * Bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing ho.....


        * Illinois city condemns childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke
        * Bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing homes
        * Sandbagging effort keeps floodwater at bay in Meredosia
        * Woman known for trying to sneak on planes released from jail
        * Danville condemns childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke
        * Thousands truckin' to Chicago for final Grateful Dead shows
        * 8 shot even as Chicago officers work long hours over holiday
        * Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer
        * Without a budget, providers prepare, officials go to court
        * Union lawsuit seek full pay despite no Illinois budget

        * State employee lawsuit seeks assurance of full pay despite no budget
        * U of I freezes administration hiring over budget
        * Attorney General Lisa Madigan seeks court ruling on state payments during budget impasse
        * Illinois EPA: State has landfill capacity for 21 more years
        * State lawmakers point fingers over budget impasse; temporary budget in limbo
        * Former Illinois treasurer employees under Dan Rutherford sue over firings
        * Lawmakers point fingers over budget impasse; temporary budget in limbo
        * Illinois medical marijuana patients now number 2,600
        * Budget impasse shuts down Lincoln's Challenge program for troubled youths
        * Illinois House defeats 1-month budget; same bill coming from Senate

        * Leo Burnett loses Special K
        * Aetna to buy Humana in $37 billion deal
        * Illinois weathers second day without state budget
        * Yelp calls off sale talks—for now
        * How a Reddit rally generated huge turnout for Sanders in Madison


          * One dead after small plane crashes near Bartlett
          * Follow our live coverage of the Fourth
          * Man who exposed himself to girl sought
          * Volo museum wants to buy golfer's 'Hazzard' car with Confederate flag
          * Teen charged with driving onto basketball court, hitting boy, 10
          * Crowds flock to Wisconsin to stock up on July 4 fireworks
          * Nearly 2,000 pounds of illegal fireworks seized
          * Chicago priest protests same-sex marriage, won't sign civil marriage licenses
          * Woman known for trying to sneak on planes released from jail
          * 4 dead, 7 wounded in city shootings


          * Coping while black: A season of traumatic news takes a psychological toll
          * Rauner proposal would advance $450M to help Chicago schools
          * For same-sex marriage opponents, the fight is far from over
          * Emails show Emanuel, top officials aware of Clinton's private address
          * After pension payment, Chicago Public Schools to make $200M in cuts
          * CPS, Emanuel warn of deep cuts, layoffs to school district
          * After marriage equality, what's next for the LGBT movement?
          * The night Chicago politicians spent punching each other in the face
          * The legacy of Willie Dixon on his 100th birthday
          * Preckwinkle may reevaluate sales tax plan if Springfield acts on pensions


          * State employee lawsuit seeks assurance of full pay despite no budget
          * Our Opinion: Springfield's toilet paper caper exposes the worst and best in people
          * Esther Cepeda: Adding a woman to $10 bill an empty gesture
          * U of I freezes administration hiring over budget
          * Attorney General Lisa Madigan seeks court ruling on state payments during budget impasse
          * Illinois EPA: State has landfill capacity for 21 more years
          * Our Opinion: Winslow looks to heal divisions
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Gov. Rauner's tone has changed, Sen. Andy Manar says
          * George Will: Some GOP candidates becoming unhinged
          * Eugene Robinson: In Charleston, 'the power of God's grace'


          * UPDATED: Three burned when car hits Lil' Porgy's
          * Indian Acres Swim Club parade
          * Jim's Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club
          * Jim's Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club LX
          * Three burned when car hits Lil' Porgy's
          * Review: 'Mary's Wedding' a fascinating time-bend experiment
          * Tom's Mailbag July 3, 2015
          * Champaign man arrested shortly after Urbana bank robbery
          * East Peoria unveils new, paper city map
          * 07-03-15 Penny for Your Thoughts


          * FAA: Plane crashes in forest preserve near Bartlett, Hanover Park
          * Sharks sign veteran forward Joel Ward to 3-year deal
          * AP source: Knicks agree to deal with center Robin Lopez
          * FAA: Plane crashes in Bartlett's Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve
          * AP sources: Mavericks, DeAndre Jordan agree to 4-year deal

          * House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
          * Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
          * The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
          * Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
          * Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
          * CBD Oil, and politics
          * Simon considering state Senate bid
          * Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
          * Shutdown? State may not notice
          * Rep. Bob Dold

          * Cuba Embassy - RiverBender.com...

          * Mississippi River mayors focus on invasive......

          * Kirk disappointed Ex-Im Bank will expire at midnight
          * Where's Weyermuller? With Donald Trump in Chicago
          * NRA and Illinois State Rife Association endorse LaHood
          * Where's Weyermuller? With Donald Trump in Chicago
          * Kathy, Linda & Ron: A Love Story
          * Chris Christie joins 2016 presidential race
          * Starkehaus: Pastel patriotism’s rainbow connection
          * Black Out Pride "die-in" interrupts Chicago's Gay Pride Parade
          * Rep. Breen scolded to "Sit Down!" by Democrats during House floor debate
          * Friday photo: Greedy developers built your city


          * State, Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement - Workers at IDOT, DHS, IDES, and CMS in Cook County to Vote on New Contract
          * Governor Rauner Extends Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines for Businesses and Individuals Impacted by Recent Tornado - Deadlines Pushed to December 31, 2015
          * Illinois EPA Releases Annual Report on Landfill Capacity
          * IDNR Urges Public to Leave Fireworks Displays to Those Who Are Licensed and Trained - Fireworks Show Sponsors Reminded to Check Credentials of Fireworks Vendors
          * Governor Receives Initial Criminal Justice Commission Report




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller