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The “Basket of Deplorables” election revolution

The so-called Basket of Deplorables and the millions of forgotten people, who were either left behind or unemployed during the “economic recovery,” led Tuesday’s election day revolution. The deplorables voted for Donald Trump for president because: Trump led the revolution against the Establishment Republican and Democratic parties, who continued to maintain the status quo with respect to globalization, regardless of the unlevel playing field in trade, jobs and lack of international respect for America, which was in sharp...

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Minimum wage increase will not boost Illinois economy

Raising the minimum wage will not boost the Illinois economy. Businesses must pay competitive wages regardless of the overwhelming support of 2 out of 3 Illinois voters for the non-binding minimum wage referendum in the November . Businesses cannot base their business decisions on a majority vote of the people. It’s not government’s job to determine the wages paid by private business. Private wages must be competitive or the business will close unless it raises prices; notwithstanding the prevailing wage for government projects. The General...

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Municipal budgets should balance services provided with taxpayers’ ability to pay

Winnebago County’s fiscal year budget, which began October 1, 2014, was approved at the county’s last meeting in September. The budget process, however, doesn’t end with budget approval; the process continues throughout the year. The City of Rockford and the Rockford School District will complete their budget process by the end of the year. The county represents approximately 7.4% of property tax bills, while the city represents 22.0% and the school district is 51.6%. As Chairman of the Finance Committee for the Rockford School District, Rock...

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Ask not what your government can do for you – there is a limit

The government has no business trying to run entitlement programs such as Obamacare – no business acumen whatsoever. Social Security is going bankrupt. As reported in 2010 in the New York Times, the program was already paying out more money than it had coming in (6 years before it was predicted to happen) with only IOUs in its so-called trust fund. Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund expenditures have exceeded income annually since 2008 and are projected to continue doing so under current law in all future years. It could go bankrupt...

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As new property tax cycle begins – pertinent information to help

New property tax assessments are available online at the Winnebago County Supervisor of Assessments website at wincoil.us. This year’s deadline to file an assessment complaint is September 10. All comparable property evidence is due within 40 calendar days following the final date for filing complaints with the Board of Review if requesting a reduction of less than $100K, or 60 calendar days if requesting a reduction of more than $100K. Property owners may go to the website and click on “Assessments” to search for their...

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Obama didn’t refinance mortgage and he’s in charge of taxpayer’s money?

An AP column printed in the Rockford Register Star today states that President Barack Obama hasn’t refinanced the mortgage rate on his South Side Chicago home yet, even though interest rates fell to below 4% this year. He isn’t even sure how much money he and Michelle could have saved at the lower interest rate – no wonder our national debt is soaring! Excerpt: Financial disclosure forms Obama released this year show an interest rate of  5.625 percent on the 30-year mortgage on his South Side Chicago home, which was  valued...

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