Just a little more than an hour apart, but world’s away in leadership are Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker. Thursday, Walker announced today that the budget he will sign this summer will include “significant” cuts to the income tax rates. Rahm, on the other hand, plans to introduce a gun ordinance.

From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Gov. Scott Walker pledged Thursday to cut income taxes in the state budget he signs this summer, calling it the best way to spark the economy. But he also said the reduction would be phased in over a number of years.

“For us, one of the biggest bangs for our buck is dropping the individual income tax rate, putting more money back in the hands of consumers and small business owners out there so that they in turn can invest that money, they can take out loans, they can move forward and put people to work. We’re committed to doing that,” the Republican governor told the Wisconsin Bankers Association at the group’s annual Economic Forecast Luncheon in Madison.

Walker also said that he will limit property taxes as part of the budget due to be introduced by Walker in February.

Meanwhile, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is making a name for himself by employing Nation of Islam wandering police forces and the bold agenda that is spending $91 million on concrete-enclosed “protected” bike lanes for 1 percenters in Chicago, has announced he will introduce a gun control ordinance:

Waiting isn’t a strong suit of mine… First of all, I believe there’s, I know there’s a majority in the state, an overwhelming majority in the city for a ban on assault weapons, clips, and comprehensive background checks on all sales, wherever they take place, wherever the location may be. And there’s also a majority in the legislature.

No, no attempts by Rahm to revive the stagnant Chicago economy or assuage Chicago’s pension liability he’s about to foist off on the suburbs of Chicago. Perhaps he’s not too concerned that Chicago will look like an underperformer compared to the state of Illinois: in rankings just released by Crain’s, Illinois is number 50 of 50 states in terms of percentage of pensions funded.

Walker vs. Rahm. Wisconsin vs. Illinois. Not such a tough call for businesses, taxpayers, zebra mussels, and whatever other entities might be eyeing the promised land to the north.


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