Rich Miller makes an important point at Capitol Fax regarding Toni Preckwinkle's supposed flip-flop on her Cook County sales tax repeal pledge. Since the beginning of the campaign, the Chicago alderman has said she will eliminate the half-penny tax gradually. The reports yesterday don't seem to contradict her stated approach. More from a statement:
Since Feb. 2nd, we have put a lot of energy into trying to figure out what we are heading into. At this point, it has been suggested that we could be looking at a huge deficit next year. It would be irresponsible to cut resources without knowing more about the state of the County’s financial condition. I am committed to filling any budget gaps without burdening the people of Cook County.
As Cook County Board President, my focus from Day 1 will be implementing responsible spending practices, eliminating waste and inefficiencies, and looking for non-tax resources so that we can repeal the remainder of the sales tax.