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PostPosted: June 3 19, 9:58 am 
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A bill that provides sweeping protection to abortion rights.

Legal recreational weed that will bring tax revenue and also probably residents from neighboring states.

Legalized sports betting, casino coming to Chicago that will stop tax money from going 30 minutes over the border to Indiana.

Not a bad weekend for JB.

Not a bad weekend for limousine liberals. Some food for thought for the "OMG WE CAN ONLY HAS VERY LIB LIBS ONLY THEY DO GOOD" crowd.


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PostPosted: June 3 19, 10:09 am 
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I may move over the border in a couple years.

A Chicago area relative proudly pointed the first IL accomplishment out.

Meanwhile, in Missouri... no words for the level of disgust. Regulatory tricks employed to shut down the one place for safe legal abortions in MO.

We really are a [expletive] up state. The rural urban divide is vast. Active progressives like Schlich all gerrymandered into a few pockets. Vast rural areas with right wing cuckoo control. Vast majority of use are Apathatic, suburbanites content with our privilege and uninformed on the level of corruption wrt Jeff City.


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PostPosted: June 3 19, 10:33 am 
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Illinois as a whole is what you're describing in MO. Just we have Chicago* to outweigh all the Missouri/Kentucky that makes up everything from Kankakee south. The casino tax money from Chicago and tourists visiting this Chicago casino will aid downstate schools, highways, etc. The weed tax money in Chicago will aid downstate citizens. The freedom to have an abortion supported by Chicago voters and state assembly members will aid downstate rednecks who are like "you ain't havin' this kid and [expletive]' up my life" but who also vote GOP. So come on over, enjoy the benefits, just don't forget to come up here once a year or so to pay some hotel tax and some sales tax and some entertainment tax.

*outside New England there's no such thing as a blue state. There are only red states that have big enough cities to outweigh all the red. That's the secret, IMO, to picking out a place to live when you have that freedom and don't want to live in a big city: pick a state with a huge city that generates jobs, tax revenue, infrastructure. Move to rural WA, OR, IL, NY, CA. Sure, you'll have to put up with rural conservative evangelicals day-to-day, but the highways will be smooth and you can spark a J. Lot better than moving to Atlanta and being governed by the wackjobs.


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PostPosted: June 3 19, 10:36 am 
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IL will also have a progressive income tax on the ballot in 2020, attempting to raise the flat tax of 4.95% or whatever it is to 7 - 8% on incomes over $250,000. Limousine liberals might not like that. I sure do. Hope it passes.

State also passed an approx. $45 billion infrastructure bill, and passed a budget (finally).

Bruce Rauner accomplished literally nothing in his entire term.


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PostPosted: June 3 19, 10:38 am 
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I'm moving back to Peoria. I was already moving back but I just feel that this was my home state welcoming me back to it's warm embrace.


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PostPosted: June 3 19, 11:10 am 
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I'm moving back to Peoria. I was already moving back but I just feel that this was my home state welcoming me back to it's warm embrace.


Let's open a dispensary, call our strain Prairie Grass™, and watch that bud sell itself.


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PostPosted: June 3 19, 11:32 am 
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Do not forget they also passed a law allowing Medicare coverage for Trans people to have reassignment procedures. And my personal favorite, they are finally going to fund that Amtrak line from the Quad Cities to Chicago. Woohoo.

The marijuana law is not perfect (they took out home growing and seems like a pretty steep tax) but it's still light years better than any neighboring states.


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I see your Sufjan reference. And I like it.


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PostPosted: June 3 19, 11:35 am 
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G. Keenan wrote:
thrill wrote:
I'm moving back to Peoria. I was already moving back but I just feel that this was my home state welcoming me back to it's warm embrace.


Let's open a dispensary, call our strain Prairie Grass™, and watch that bud sell itself.

Man we would get so rich.

pioneer98 wrote:
they took out home growing

Big ag! Damn them.


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PostPosted: June 3 19, 11:40 am 
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Places like CT, DE, FL, MD, MN don't allow home-growing and other states that do have tight restrictions, like 6 or 12 plants at the max.

As someone who's not a user, I'm cool with everyone having the right to buy it and use it, and I'm also cool with my state getting a massive influx of tax revenue to provide services and infrastructure.

This will likely hit the the same three-tier distribution system that booze is on once it's fully national.
Manufacturer sells to distributor, tax is collected.
Distributor sells to wholesaler, tax is collected.
Wholesaler sells to consumer, tax is collected.

Folks like Breakthru Beverage (formerly Wirtz) and RNDC and Southern-Glazers who have huge national beverage distributorships will end up getting even richer on the sticky icky.


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