Illinois often figures in as the worst of the worst in nearly every category, and, sadly, the Democrat infested state has once again won the worst plaudits.
This time, The Land of Lincoln has been awarded the single worst state to live in for the middle class.
Illinois is the bottom of the pack for the middle classes, according to a report by Kiplinger.
Per Just the News:
“Sorry, Illinois, but you’re the least tax-friendly state in the country for middle-class families,” the report said.
Illinois finished poorly on the list due to the impact on the middle class from the state’s flat income tax rate, average combined state and local sales tax and its high property tax burden that ranks second highest in the country.
“We have an extraordinarily high tax burden, and you’re asking the middle class to foot the bill for everything that we do in government,” state Rep. Mike Marron, R-Danville, said. “We’re not very judicious with how we spend money in Springfield, which is a huge problem. The middle class bears the brunt of that.”
Illinois is a donor state, which means they give more in federal taxes than the state receives per capita, said state Rep. LaShawn Ford, D-Chicago. He claims this is the main issue hurting the middle class.
“We need to overcome the fact that we are a donor state,” Ford told The Center Square. “When you look at what states are more friendly to taxpayers, they are usually not donor states.”
Illinois has been dominated by Democrats for 20 years. Despite that the state had a one-term GOP gov., Republicans have a tiny slice of the House and Senate and haven’t held a state-wide office in 20 years.
Kiplinger’s ten worst states (Worst at the top):
- New Jersey
- New York