* This is a classic HDem campaign move…
House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, wants to raise income taxes to close the state’s multibillion-dollar budget deficit, but he’s not getting support for the idea from local legislative candidates. […]
“I absolutely do not agree with increasing the income tax to 5 percent,” said Andy Skoog, a La Salle Democrat, who was named Thursday to fill out the remainder of longtime legislator Frank Mautino’s term. “People are struggling now. If you put a tax increase on them, you’ll take them over the edge.”
Skoog is the only Democratic candidate in District 76 in the 2016 election. […]
Skoog said he would target corporate tax loopholes and work in a bipartisan way to go through the budget line by line. At the same time, he said, he would seek to protect funding for middle-class families, the elderly, children and veterans.
Skoog, who is now La Salle County’s circuit clerk, said he would use his years of experience as a small-business owner to root out wasteful spending.
I’m sure his years as a small-business owner will translate so well into balancing a government budget.
But that’s one less vote for a tax hike.
Positions are going to harden fast, folks. Rep. Skoog isn’t going to be the only one to do this - and it will likely be at the urging of Madigan’s own staff.