Many Republicans support legal fight to end Wisconsin’s partisan redistricting
Cole Lauterbach | September 07, 2017
Republicans are lining up to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to rein in the Wisconsin GOP’s abuse of the map-drawing process. But a famous California Republican says blue states are just as guilty of map-rigging as their red-state counterparts. The partisan mapping practice in Wisconsin was struck down by lower courts in the case Gill […]
Bill would stop governments from suing citizens who challenge new taxes
Watchdog News | August 24, 2017
Illinois lawmakers are pushing to keep governments from suing citizens for challenging the legality of a new tax. In the wake of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s punitive lawsuit against a group that challenged the legality of her penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened drinks, state Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, sponsored a bill that would ban […]
USDA Secretary Perdue talks farm bill and trade at stop in central Illinois
Greg Bishop | August 08, 2017
Stopping at a family farm just outside of Springfield, the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture said he wants to focus on markets, not programs. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said Monday that farmers aren’t as productive when they’re planting to conform to a program, rather than consumers, and gave an example from his […]
Wisconsin in focus: The next Foxconn and Illinois: Here’s why Wisconsin will be the state growing more taxpayers
Watchdog News | August 07, 2017
Chicago Tribune opinion: The next Foxconn and Illinois: Here’s why Wisconsin will be the state growing more taxpayers Illinois recently got a humiliating rejection notice from Foxconn, the Taiwanese tech giant. Foxconn picked Wisconsin over struggling Illinois and other states for the proposed site of a $10 billion LCD panel factory that will employ up […]
Ohio policy group joins federal legal fight against forced union dues
Watchdog News | August 03, 2017
Illinois workers whose fight against being forced to pay dues to a union they don’t want to join have an ally in an Ohio policy group. The Buckeye Institute last month filed what’s called an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of state of Illinois employee Mark Janus, who filed a federal […]
Wisconsin leaders see $10 billion Foxconn deal as ‘transformational’
Michael Carroll | July 27, 2017
Foxconn’s decision to build a $10 billion high-tech manufacturing plant in Wisconsin set off a wave of optimism among business leaders in the state, even with a taxpayer price tag that could reach $3 billion. “We are calling this development ‘Wiscon Valley,’ because we believe this will have a transformational effect on Wisconsin, just as […]
State treasurers demand accountability for opioid crisis from nation’s largest drug distributor
Cole Lauterbach | July 27, 2017
Three state treasurers threatened the nation’s largest drug distributor with divestment of funds if it didn’t become more accountable for its role in the nation’s opioid epidemic. Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs, along with treasurers from West Virginia and Pennsylvania, wrote a letter to McKesson Corporation’s’s board earlier this week, saying that they will divest their assets […]
Illinois gas prices likely to rise after state budget strips tax exemption on ethanol
Cole Lauterbach | July 24, 2017
An advocate for gasoline wholesalers says they’ve been betrayed by the newest Illinois budget and could see a shift away from ethanol-mixed fuel because of it. E10 gasoline, which is regular gas with ten percent ethanol blended in, has had a 20 percent tax exemption at the wholesale level since 2011. The budget passed by […]
GOP tax reforms stoke debate in states with large manufacturing, agriculture sectors
Michael Carroll | July 17, 2017
A congressional panel last week spotlighted how federal tax reform could help small businesses, but one possible component of the GOP reform plans would cost businesses an estimated $1.5 trillion over the next decade. Though a hearing scheduled Thursday by the Tax Policy Subcommittee will highlight how tax reform could strengthen economic growth nationwide, one […]
Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin score well in manufacturing report; Illinois not so much
Michael Carroll | July 12, 2017
The Midwest as a whole received relatively high grades in an annual rating of states’ manufacturing industries, but Illinois’ manufacturing sector is still struggling due to an unpredictable economic climate and unfunded public liabilities. The 2017 Manufacturing & Logistics Report Card gave Illinois a “C+” for the overall health of its manufacturing industries, but the […]