[Bumped up because this is the biggest story of the day.]
* I can’t understand why they buried this in the story, but Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn has come out against the governor’s gross receipts tax…
Yet, even Blagojevich’s lieutenant governor opposes the gross receipts tax.
Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, in Peoria on Tuesday on another matter, told reporters, “I don’t think it’s a good way to go. I’m not a fan of it at all. We need to have decent health care . . . but there is more than one way to get to heaven.”
Quinn said there are many corporate loopholes in the Illinois tax code. He said the state’s tax code should be made more fair and the state needs to stop shifting the burden onto ordinary businesses.
* Quinn’s position apparently makes him “ignorant” of the existence of God, according to a prominent African-American minister, Bishop Robert Sanders, who supports the governor’s tax and spending plan. Check out the video.
Bishop Sanders: “The governor is on God’s side.”
Mike Flannery: “And people who would oppose this would be against God?”
Bishop Sanders: “It isn’t that they would be against God. They would be ignorant, so they wouldn’t know whether there was a God.”
* As I told you yesterday, the governor repeated his assertion yesterday that he would not support any other proposal until his tax plan, education plan and health care plan are all approved…
And while Blagojevichâ€™s aides say he hasnâ€™t given up on construction spending, heâ€™s moved on to other priorities â€“ raising nearly $7 billion in business taxes to better fund schools and dramatically expand health care.
â€œAnd unless and until we do that, as far as Iâ€™m concerned, nothing else is on the table,â€ Blagojevich said Tuesday after getting his tax plan endorsed by dozens of black ministers. â€œThose things have to happen before Iâ€™ll entertain any other discussion on any other issues.â€
* Illinois Chamber of Commerce website committed to stopping “largest tax increase ever“
* Blagojevich gets ministers endorsement for budget
“I believe the righteousness of our cause is pretty apparent,” he said. “This is more than a fight. … This is a crusade.”
* Transit pitch can’t sway Governor
* Transportation lobbies for budget space