Rick Haglund: Illinois may raise taxes on the rich. Michigan could be next. 

BY: - October 31, 2020

Tuesday’s election is largely a referendum on the record and character of President Donald Trump. But Illinois voters are also deciding a proposed and highly contentious constitutional amendment that portends a similar battle in Michigan. The so-called “fair tax” proposal on the Illinois ballot would shift the state from a fixed-rate income tax, in which […]

States sue to have ERA recognized as 28th amendment

BY: and - February 12, 2020

Nevada, Virginia and Illinois are fighting to ensure the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) becomes the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.  Virginia voted last month to ratify the ERA, securing the required number of 38 states needed for it to be adopted as a Constitutional amendment. Michigan ratified the ERA more than 40 years ago, on […]

Minnesota gov: ‘I ran … on raising the [gas] tax’

BY: - August 30, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s push to hike Michigan’s gas tax to fix crumbling roads and bridges — her signature campaign promise — is hardly occurring in a vacuum.  First-term Democratic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, a former congressman, also is working to make the case for a gas tax increase in his Upper Midwest state — albeit […]