* Mess with the bull, get the horn…
Mayor Daley accused Gov. Quinn today of a political double-cross regarding the governor’s proposal to cut $300 million from the share of state income=tax revenues earmarked for local government.
Daley said that, just weeks before the Feb. 2 primary, Quinn went before the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and pledged that the cities’ share would remain at 10 percent. […]
“Right before the election, he came before the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and he told the mayors it would not be cut,” Daley said. “This is a serious financial crisis, but it didn’t start after the primary. This is way before the primary. Then, coming before the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and saying, ‘I am with you. I support you.’ Nothing has has changed from prior to the primary to after the primary.”
Oak Park Village President David Pope, who was at the gun news conference at Chicago Police Headquarters, said he also recalled Quinn saying he wouldn’t cut income tax revenues distributed to cities and villages.
“The state needs to take a very serious look at the expense side of its ledger,” Pope said, adding that his village has laid off 15 percent of its workers in the past two years.
“This is basically a tax shift, and what it will do is force the localities to increase taxes, because we’ve already taken the fat out of the cost of delivering services at the local level,” Pope said.