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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Good morning crew,

It seems like the state of Illinois has found yet another temporary, stopgap solution to its catastrophic budget crisis. They have raised my taxes again. Twice.

Recently they reassessed the value of my property and discovered that it has gone up significantly. That was a surprise to me, considering there are over 200 homes for sale in my little neighborhood, and nobody can seem to sell anything.

But that means next year they can tax the higher 'apparent' value of the property, and not the real value which is about 5 percent lower than it was when I bought the place three years ago.

And then I got a fun little letter with my last paycheck announcing that Illinois withholdings have gone up. That means they have raised the state income tax. So now that I have to pay more for my property taxes, they have conveniently reduced my paycheck.

Oh, and a new penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages just went into effect this month too. Just to add insult to injury.

But I understand. There are thousands of crooked politicians and bureaucrats whose criminal careers have to be maintained, not to mention the tens of thousands of state and county employees who are collecting a pension on top of one or sometimes even two regular paychecks. That money's got to come from somewhere.

Why, oh why didn't I go into politics or municipal work 20 years ago? Then I could be on the gravy train right now, instead of paying for it.

Laugh it up,


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