Wonder what you would find if you frisked the state of Illinois?
Answer: According to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, it is just like The Simpsons.
In case you haven’t heard, Illinois lawmakers (dominated by Democrats) approved a 66 percent income-tax increase in a desperate bid to end the state’s crippling budget crisis.
This is where Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels decided to weigh in on the subject. The Daily Caller reports:
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels isn’t as worried about his own state’s reputation as he is with that of Illinois, according to a WLS Chicago radio interview in which he compared Illinois to “The Simpsons.”
“Oh you guys are nothing if not entertaining over there [in Illinois]. It’s like living next door to ‘The Simpsons’, you know the dysfunctional family down the block?” Daniels said Wednesday. “Watching you guys, I mean I shouldn’t make too light of it, I think this is really a bad situation.”
Daniels was referring to Illinois’ tax income increase, which the Illinois House and Senate passed on Tuesday. Daniels also said Indiana has never had an income tax increase but has instead provided tax cuts to residents. When it comes to job creation, argued the Indiana governor, income tax increases aren’t the solution.
“If you want to bring new jobs to your state the last thing you do is make it more expensive to hire people, and so we’ve been working for six years, we’re now at the top of everybody’s list of a good place to do business, and going in the other direction really is something that we’re not prepared to do, and I hope you guys find a way not to also,” Daniels said.
Also, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie went after Illinois’ budget failures and showcased his conservative policies (balancing the budget and lowering taxes) this morning on Fox & Friends.