Friday, January 18, 2008

Tax Hike Sails Through

  • After nearly a year of anxiety for close to a million riders, lawmakers on Thursday approved tax increases to stop looming service cuts and most fare hikes for Chicago's ailing mass transit system while providing free bus and train rides to senior citizens.

    Transit leaders waved off Sunday's so-called doomsday even as they noted it will be up to two months before they figure out how to provide free rides on the CTA, Metra and Pace for people 65 and older.The measure solves public transit funding for now, with a price tag of $530 million. On April 1, the sales tax will increase by a quarter-cent per dollar in Cook County and twice that in the suburbs. And Chicagoans are expected to face higher taxes on home sales.
This tax hike on home sales still has to be approved by the City Council and it's looking at mild opposition. But we don't foresee any of the rubber stamp get riled up enough to actually block this thing. Once again, democrats stick it to the taxpayers.

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Anonymous Father Tomasino said...

Who gets fucked? The homeowner! The homeowner that sells his house is now out several thousand dollars more! This is probably the same homeowner that doesn't ride the fucking CTA and doesn't send his children to public schools. Yet this is the homeowner that is constantly getting fucked over and stolen from so that the dreds of society can be supported!!!

Fuck this city! Fuck this county!!! Fuck this state!!!

The CTA should be run like a business! If the business needs to increase rates then so be it!!! Let the marketplace sort it out. Is anyone giving me free gas? No. Fuck these jagoff politicians!!!!

Justice is coming to you assholes.

1/18/2008 01:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will it ever end? Tax increases have been resposible for business' leaving the city/county/state.

Whats next? Loss of out Health Care Benefits cause a Democrat got elected and decides that National Healthcare is the way to go Based on the Canadian model. You know what will happen next. Daley will drop pay our National premium saying why should Policeman/Fireman have health Insurance provided by the shitties taxpayers when the Federal Goverment offers it.

Watch out America

1/18/2008 01:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really hate this guy. What a great idea. There is not enough funding for the CTA, so lets let people ride for free. I can't wait until Blow a goat gets indicted.

1/18/2008 07:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like I'll have to contact my friends' kids who are in college for a fake id. Suddenly I was born in 1942, not 1962.....

By the way, real smart to raise the already high Chicago Transfer Stamps when it is next to impossible to sell a home these days. Rod is a knob.

1/18/2008 07:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Howdy Doody said...

With all that money we should give J-Fed a raise!

1/18/2008 07:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will keep hiking taxes it is easy to do, and we will keep on paying more to live in this hsit city run but the corrupt daleyinc. family and friends take all the cash programs!

1/18/2008 08:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the sales tax is 9.25%?!

Wow, where else in this free country is it so high?

1/18/2008 08:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

once again wealth is redistributed from the middle and working class to those whose vote can be easily garanteed.
in other news, police and fire pensions are faceing insolvency.
this is getting really old.

1/18/2008 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that transfer tax is going to have the effect of further lowering your property value.
democrats are great !
enjoy the olympics.

1/18/2008 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never ride the filthy bus but when I sell my house I will buy like 2000 rides???? Thats bullshit and these dummycrats are numb....they are socialists

1/18/2008 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how is the Chicago real estate market doing? Anyone have a house for sale?

1/18/2008 10:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what better way to stimulate a slumping housing market than to raise the tax on house sales. Brilliant!

1/18/2008 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice...Huge deficit that requires a large State "Get out of debt" check and then give seniors free rides, sticking it to the tax payers to complete the missing money, half of us who don;t even ride the CTA.
What tax is next in Crook County?

1/18/2008 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the sales tax is 9.25%?!

Wow, where else in this free country is it so high?

***Went to Walgreens the other day in Shitcago and there was a 9% tax plus a 2% tax. We are now being charged 11% salex tax for shopping in this City/County.
I have decided that one day a week I will go go DuPage county to get all my shopping done and I will buy gas there as well.

I'm sick of this place!

1/18/2008 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 10:27
Great question!

The agencies are full tilt out of whack. Asking $500,000.00 for a house that's only worth $200.... in today's market, and no one can afford that either. And that's a peanut amount.

Let's get a residency revision, a city taxpayer revolt, and a federal scrubbing of the administration before the olympics or (with a new police union to support the rank and file) lets use the defense of necessity to show why we were forced to display civil disobedience.

Start to build this by writing letters explaining cause and against the wall alternatives such as "work actions".

The city shall need us more than ever if they DO get the bid to rape us by taxation.

Is the rumor true that Goosey Burke is attempting to tax the air we breathe because it's located within the air space of the city limits?

By the way. When is the EPA going to begin the sewer discharge monitoring of the chemicals pouring into drains of the south branch of the Chicago river?

Soon? good, I hear the trib is already on this.

1/18/2008 02:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no doubt that the Governor has lost his mind. The transit system is shameful. Why not focus on them for awhile and look at all the waste. I know for a fact that they have not curbed overtime and continue to waste money every day. The system is beyond repair and we need a complete overhaul. Ron Huberman is NOT the answer. If we start over now then maybe we can have a reliable working system for the 2016 Olympic Games.

1/18/2008 04:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The increase in the real estate transfer tax is there to pay what the city owes the bus drivers' pension fund.

They earned it, we owe it, we should pay it.

Now, let's do something similar for the other city workers, like police officers, say?

You earned it, we owe it, we should pay it.

1/18/2008 04:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Common Sense? Where did it go? said...

I agree with poster #1. The CTA is a business. Sell it to me, and I will guarantee I will make money and there will be service!
The idiot Huberman couldn't re-organize shit! trim the fat, don't cut the service you idiot.
Consolidate overlapping routes and ditch bullshit administrative positions in favor of front line workers!

1/18/2008 04:49:00 PM  
Anonymous gota love the Democrats said...

The tax payer once again get it stuck in their ass, in the form of a tax hike so the ones who ride the CTA dont have to pay more.

Why the hell should I have to pay money so the people who use the service dont have to???

1/18/2008 07:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here we go AGAIN, more money out of MY families pockets, compliments of the DemocRATS, of course.

1/18/2008 08:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

compliments of the Commie-Crats!

1/18/2008 08:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC How about a post about the Recession and housing crisis, insofar as we can get some views from our own?

1/18/2008 09:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I go to the burbs for all my needs. Used to be just for gas now it will be for food, bottled h20, etc. Not going to pay out for the f-cked politicians in this city. Will think about a trip across state lines every once in awhile for other needs. This city, county, and state completely sucks. I'm gonna move as soon as I can to a Republican state, not a democrat/welfare state.

1/18/2008 09:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing like raising taxes on an already slow moving real estate market. These people are crazy.

Note to Blago, Daley, Hubberman, etc... cut the FAT and raise ridership fees. Why does everyone, those who don't ride the stinky buses and els and even those downstate who don't step foot on a CTA bus have to suffer?
Even my mom, a senior who lives in the city won't ride those shitty rides. Can't wait to see all the fraud on those senior tickets. People 55 plus trying to pass for 65 to get that freebee. It will be kaos and nobody has a clue on how to handle the free senior rides...thanks to that smug Blago.

Question is when is he going to be indicted? The senior freebee and tax raise may be his last hurrah just like Ryan freeing all the death row inmates.

1/18/2008 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WE need major reforms across the board. These politicians all need to be overthrown!

I read yesterday that Dan Lipinski is running for re-election to the position he INHERITED from his Asshole father.

If elected again, he'll have the 6 years in office to qualify him for free life time medical care and generous pension benefits.

Why can't the public see what they (politicians) are entitled to? Why all the secrecy?

Because they know that if we found out the truth we would string them up by their loins!

1/18/2008 09:58:00 PM  
Anonymous fed up with the ego show said...

The Feds can't indict Blago's sorry a$$ soon enough.

1/19/2008 09:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

huberman when he first got in talked about eliminating free rides for police but now free rides for the seniors are ok! maybe blago knows he will be indicted along with his wife very soon and wants seniors in the jury to not convict this criminal pair! they will take all the monies from us that they can without a mask on, just keep paying! blago-daley-stroger-madigan-jackson-jones-burke and the rest make John Gotti look like an altar boy, family secrets trial was put on last year how about this year we have a "daleyinc" trial?

1/19/2008 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its kinda funny how nobody you no ever voted for this guys in office creating the laws to rob us blind. So then how are they getting elected?

Sounds like a federal investigation is in order.

1/19/2008 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Pin-Head idea from the DemocRATS, at what age do you ride free? 55, 60, 62, 65, what?
Look for more Muggers, robbers, pickpockets and thieves riding the public transportation now, ready to pounce on the poor seniors like buzzards on a carcass.
Absolutely Stupid, and someone ALWAYS pays, there is no FREE.
Once again its the State, County, and City taxpayers, as usual.

1/19/2008 02:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Tax Payer said...

Whatever happened to running a business properly?
Bail outs=bullshit!
How many overlapping routes do we have?
How many administrators when we need more drivers?

1/19/2008 11:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Screw said...

Where's all the liberals and democrats defending the actions of their paladins? Their champions of the working class! Their noble heroes who fight for the regular Joes against the tyranny of the rich!

Yay democrats! Raise taxes, expand government, give your relatives big contracts and salaries paid for by the only people who really feel the hit in their wallets: us dumb middle-class.

I once again wave my close-mindedness in the face of liberals.


1/20/2008 07:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sell the CTA to a private company? What about all those employees that have senority and should earn a good wage. I personally think the CTA should become a fulfledge city job like CPD,CFD,Streets & San, CPS, Water dept, & other city workers. Right now the CTA isn't technically a city job. CTA employees can live outside the city. Hell, I know many that reside in Indiana and Wisconsin.

1/25/2008 03:33:00 AM  

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