Illinois is consistently among the top 5 donor states. In 2014, fifty-five cents of every dollar sent to Washington by Illinois taxpayers and businesses was redistributed to other states through the federal budgeting process. That's a whopping $78 billion in just one year! If we could keep even half of that money here in Illinois, we could immediately make up our budget shortfall and begin getting caught up on our pension obligations…without having to raise anyone's taxes!
Approximately 20% of our Gross State Product ends up in the hands of Washington, DC. We pay 25% more to the federal government than our share of the population, even though our median income is only 7% higher than the national average, and our unemployment and poverty rates are worse than many of the recipient states.