In their editorial last weekend, the Tribune relied on studies from both the Civic Federation and Civic Committee in laying out a "no tax-hike" budget plan. But Greg Hinz reports today that the directors of both organizations take issue with some of the editorial's assumptions. Here's the response he got from the paper:
The Tribune's John McCormick, who wrote the editorial, noted that the
piece was titled "A no-tax-hike option," and stated in its
second paragraph that, "We haven't voted yes or no on this." In other
words, he said, it was just a discussion starter.
I'm sorry, but that is just incredibly lame. If you read through the entire piece, it ends with a paragraph warning that an income tax increase would "perpetuate how Illinois now does business" and "give taxpayers today's state government at tomorrow's higher price." It's pretty darn clear where the board stands on this issue.