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Don Gettys July 22, 2014 at 03:22 pm
Is Rauner spending all of his money paying people to write for the Patch? This propaganda is aRead More really biased disservice to the readers and voters.
Jon Hall July 22, 2014 at 03:47 pm
It's not like the governor of this sorry state actually runs anything.
RIGHT LANE July 22, 2014 at 04:32 pm
don...here you are again I see....... ...please identify why in the world you would vote for quinn!Read More You seem to dislike Rauner and aren't afraid to rip him! Tell me one thing that quinn has done well! One thing to make this state better, one thing he's done to keep jobs here, one thing he's done to limit unions on the take....go ahead don give me any positive point about quinn!
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Becky July 22, 2014 at 10:56 am
You nailed it, Think Positive. This guy is a sanctimonious, vindictive jerk. I liked the turtlesRead More at the end, tho.
Joe Zydeco July 22, 2014 at 11:31 am
Gee, sit in a car's blind spot and then wonder why he's not seen. Idiot.
Edward Andrysiak July 22, 2014 at 09:30 am
Hey Don...you elected one "no money/no business" experience person to the WhiteRead More House...like what you got? Demonizing the successful/rich is a continuing Democratic tactic that only idiots believe. When cash flows and businesses prosper, people have jobs. We don't need any more politicians who do not understand a balance sheet. You might just try and believe some people have more than enough money and just want to give back and do something for the rest of the folks...like, at least, through out your garbage!
Seer_ July 22, 2014 at 11:02 am
If this country ends up looking like "The Hunger Games" kids should be learning how to useRead More a bow and arrow.
RIGHT LANE July 22, 2014 at 02:56 pm
don gettys.......it takes money to get recognized to be able to run for an office DON! Are youRead More actually saying quinn is a better choice? Are you union or just on the take? Go RAUNER!!!!! ED...right on! This clown the dems voted in office is simply a community organizer for those on the take.....have you ever seen a worse representation for a president in your lifetime? I see no more of the stupid obama stickers and even the fools who voted for him have a "I'm ready for Hillary" sticker to replace it! Is the experiment in sympathy over people? Elect a president with some business sense and WHO CAN LEAD!
Rich Mallen July 21, 2014 at 01:59 pm
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Jamie July 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm
Rick Johnson – I agree that Illinois has to be more competitive, it’s just a fact ofRead More life. But is there an end to how far we should stoop? It is not just Illinois, but even the business friendly states that are losing out to foreign competition. And while red states are whipsawing blue states, all our states are being adversely affected. In 2013 according to Walgreen’s annual report, they paid about $134 million in state taxes which was about 2.2% of their earnings. What that does not reflect is the $6 million tax credit over a 10 year period nor does it reflect $625,000 in state incentives to train employees. Souce: http://redecatur.com/walgreens-to-renounce-u-s-citizenship/. But, I thought that the Illinois corporate tax rate was between 7% to 9%. In the US we previously argued which was better between red & blue states, and perhaps Walgreens would consider moving to Texas since their stated tax rate is 0% (Not really accurate since they have other ways of taxing corporations) but cheaper none the less. The nominal tax rate for the US is 35%, but corporations with a tax accounting department never actually pay that amount, and in fact many profitable corporations actually net rebates rather that actually paying taxes. I should clarify that those corporations that actually accrue a tax liability will defer the majority of if and therefore the cash actually transferred to the federal/state government is delayed for years. That amounts to an interest free loan in my opinion. But, individuals do not get to defer their taxes indefinitely like corporations. According to Walgreens 2013 annual report, their pre-tax earnings were $3,895 million and they paid $1,122 million (28.8%) but when one considers their tax deferral of $816 million their effective tax rate in 2013 was actually 7.9% As I understand, Switzerland’s nominal tax rate is 17%. I do not know if their effective tax rate is less than that. But I have to ask the questions. Are Illinois taxes really that high when one considers incentives and tax breaks? OK, so Texas’ state tax rate is lower and I understand the allure of moving to Texas, but Walgreens like many other corporations are no longer whipsawing U.S. states, they are saying to hell with all the states and denouncing their U.S. allegiance by exploiting the benefits of inversion. So are the red states taxes too high as well? Or is it the US tax rate that is too high. Again, I want to point out the difference between the nominal rate of 35% vs. Walgreens effective tax rate of 7.9%. Oh and another thing to consider, when corporations leave the burden falls on the individual tax payers. But, that burden is further compounded when those jobs like the ones in Deerfield IL are moved to Switzerland; there are less employed people in the pot to pay the deficits left by the inversion exploiters. I also read where Walgreens received $16.7 billion from Medicare & Medicaid in 2013. Should we maybe consider legislation to spend taxpayer dollars from Medicare & Medicaid to US based pharmacies? Or at least corporations that maintain their headquarters in the US. And I bet the savings that Walgreens realizes will still be spent on lobbying efforts to lessen the tax rate on the US operations that they still have to pay.
Rick Johnson July 22, 2014 at 11:02 am
Jamie, Your response was very well articulated and researched, however I'm not sure the type of taxRead More reform I'm eluding to should be thought of as "stooping". Are their countless loop holes and special deals in place to lower the effective tax rate for companies like Walgreen, encouraging them to keep their jobs and revenue in our state? Absolutely. But that is precisely the problem. Special deals have to be made because our corporate rate is so high. Roughly 70% of the jobs in our country come from small businesses. These same small businesses aren't afforded the special deals received by companies like Abbott, Cat or Walgreen, making it even harder for them to grow and create jobs. Here's the bottom line, it is the responsibility of the CEO and their Board to improve their bottom line and grow their business - growth that is vital for our communities. The trickle down effect of new jobs and subsequent tax dollars feed into things like better education for our kids and lower healthcare costs for our families. But until we decide to actually do something to encourage this growth, we'll continue to see our communities suffer.
Jamie July 22, 2014 at 03:53 pm
Rick, I guess I could have used a better term than stoop, but corporations keep whipsawing statesRead More against each other and now even the US vs. other nations. A line needs to be drawn to say that corporations that want to operate in the US need to abide by a certain standard that is fair for all. If we compare our tax rate to Switzerland for example, we are ignoring the fact that they do not have a comparable military that we have that preserves democracy and capitalism for our nation and many others. However, I do understand that you were referring more so to small business owners, but Walgreens for example competes with small business owners such as ma & pa pharmacies which I cannot even think of any off hand and ma & pa convenience stores. Those tax breaks that Walgreens (just one company out of many that are exploiting inversion) are receiving are used as an unfair advantage against ma & pa stores who in turn want tax breaks as well. Then the downward spiral continues. Eventually government (local, state, fed) bills need to be paid. I am a fiscal-conservative, social-liberal which may be necessary to disclose my next point. Trickle Down Economics is often cited for many reasons, but usually only translates to tax breaks for Big Corporations which are job killers rather than creators over the long-term. The rhetorical dialogue needs to be changed or updated to emphasize the needs that you are talking about. Which means in my opinion holding those candidates who defend Trickle Down Economics accountable for its exploitation and failures and ask how they might improve it. Since the Reagan era, the nominal tax rate has fallen, and yet still net high paying jobs has fallen since then. Yet we somehow the US did not collapse when the top tax bracket was at 90% during or prior to the Kennedy era. I do understand that the economy has gotten globally competitive since the 90% tax bracket and that the technological advances have changed the economic landscape since Reagan so it is not a simple fix. Yet, our tax system has not absorbed those technological changes nor has it addressed all the unfair (my opinion) trade agreements with other nations. We got to re-examine the same political rhetorical dialogue when our candidates keep regurgitating their campaign agendas. Thanks for your compliments on my articulation. I try. I feel it is better to be respectful than to insult opposing views. However, I think we are on the same page for the most part.
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Dr G July 20, 2014 at 09:09 am
Knock that old turd out.
Barbara Smith July 20, 2014 at 03:16 pm
You Know the lack of respect for older and even younger people nowdays just shows that Our societyRead More is in trouble. People have no manners and the young people are rude and act like trash. Due to the lack of upbringing By the parents We need to teach manners in school. Before this whole country goes to hell if it already hasn't. One question for You Dr G. What if that was Your Dad or Your grandpa. Would You like someone to knock Them Out?
Ralph "Cash" Beardsley July 20, 2014 at 07:57 pm
Old man age 67- go and take a nice, big dosage of ambien- you should be ashamed of yourself- by theRead More way- I'm age 66- do the world a great big favor and get in bed and pull the covers over your head and stay that way!!
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Bryan Harz July 22, 2014 at 04:13 pm
Oh Cindy, try enjoying your life and allow people to enjoy theirs. You sound very angry and upsetRead More that people don't think and act just like you. You're entitled to your opinion, but it doesn't mean you can dictate what everyone else can or can't do. C'est la vie.
Russ July 19, 2014 at 05:38 pm
Kent - do you have details/links to stories about the Country House and Pfeifer Hall? My interestRead More has been piqued...
Independence666 July 20, 2014 at 08:50 am
Hey, if you really want to travel down some creepy roads, visit the war zones on Chicago's South andRead More West sides on any Friday or Saturday night.
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Tracey July 21, 2014 at 08:49 am
Let them kill each other? What about the one's who don't die and need millions in healthcare for theRead More rest of their life? Who pays for that? All of us! Stop the violence and ignorance!
Patti Smith July 21, 2014 at 10:19 am
Who's kids are doing the shooting? Theirs! Parents cry about losing love ones yet are you parentsRead More watching over your own kids? Do they believe bad kids are being Bused into the City of Chicago to shoot people??? Parents where are you kids right now, where are they at night? Watch your KIDS it's up to you to teach them right from wrong NOT the police!
Pat F July 21, 2014 at 01:04 pm
Stop the revolving door of justice(nonjustice!)!! Once they are involved in a crime involving a gun,Read More they should be sentenced to Hard Labor.. That's right, just like the Old Days!! No more of this crap where they lay around and get free room and board! Put them out in chain gangs and let them work! Screw the bleeding hearts who want to be nice to felons! Most of these people are hardened criminals..once again, if you do the crime, you do the time..But, now make it Hard Time that may sway them to straighten up!!
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Just Sayin July 17, 2014 at 03:54 pm
ATTENTION PATCH EDITOR ET AL.... This fellow Louis Fasullo needs to be reported to localRead More authorities. His comment is not only highly confused...but also borders on a confession of sorts. Check into his ISP address...and contact appropriate persons.
sophia July 18, 2014 at 08:19 pm
jesse's lips look like he enjoys servicing men in prison!
Hater July 19, 2014 at 02:21 am
Guy seams totally stable. http://louisfasullo.blogspot.com/?m=1Read More http://dockets.justia.com/search?query=Louis+Fasullo I wonder wtf he's suing dc comics for?
Ryan July 17, 2014 at 09:37 am
Illinois Government: Too Big to Fail. ...or even be reformed a tiny bit.
Independence666 July 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm
Illinois is a joke!!
Seer_ July 17, 2014 at 02:55 pm
That's okay- the broke-assed State of Ill is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
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