More on Illinois: Tax Until You Drop, And They Probably Will

We told you here two days ago that Illinois lawmakers were seriously considering tax increases of 75% on individual income and 49% on corporations. Well, good news for the residents of the land that might more closely resemble its nickname (Prairie State) in the coming years as those increases were lowered to 67% and 30%, respectively.

Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the legislation to help stem an ever-growing budget deficit. The state anticipates it will raise an additional $6.5 billion in revenue in 2011. But do those projections take into account the companies and the families that will be fleeing for points near (Indiana) and far?

We hinted earlier that Indiana would need to be ready to roll out the welcome mat for those defectors. A brief conversation with someone from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (and public comments from Mitch Roob) confirmed that an aggressive marketing plan is in the works along with additional personnel in Northwest Indiana and focused efforts in Terre Haute, Evansville, etc.

The Tax Foundation reports the moves (if part of the 2011 evaluation) would drop the Illinois tax climate from No. 23 to No. 36. Indiana, by the way, is a solid No. 10.

Here’s the Tax Foundation brief on the impacts of the spend, spend, tax and spend some more plan in Illinois.

Moving Trucks are Headed To …

Sometimes the unscientific surveys provide the most interesting results. Why? Because you know not to fully accept what you find, but in more cases than not you also realize the conclusions are indicative of a bigger pattern or trend.

That’s one way to look at the annual migration results from United Van Lines. For 2010, it was based on more than 146,000 household moves between the 48 continental states.

A quick look at some of the findings:

  • Michigan was dethroned as the "outbound" (more than 55% of the moves being out of state) victim for the first time in five years by New Jersey. Not to worry, our northern neighbors were second in numbers fleeing for greener pastures.
  • Of the nine in the outbound category, Midwesterners Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania were also included.
  • The five "inbound" winners (at least 55% of the moves coming into the state) were, in order, the District of Columbia, Oregon (a top destination for 23 years of the 34-year report), North Carolina, Idaho and South Carolina.
  • Indiana, you ask? Among the 35 in the "balanced" category. But the 2,474 shipments out of the state compared to 2,076 inbound put it at the bottom of that category — 54.4% outbound.

But hey, we’ve got a lot of things going for us here in the Hoosier state. And we didn’t jack up our income taxes by 67% this week like our friends to the west. Just one of the many jokes is that action by the legislature after a contentious battle had to be "Ill nois(e)" to economic development officials and many others.

And it just might be enough to move to Illinois to the bottom of the moving list in 2011.