2) Rationalize Taxes With A Regional Government That Invests In Infrastructure And Making Local Services Are Competitive.

For example, mitigating the performance levels in school systems has made too little progress after two decades of talk and experimentation and lots of new buildings. If we were to connect a tax to developing effective training, we might break this impasse. Here’s how regional government can help.

Phase 2 shapes the Deal in which taxes are perceived as fair largely by the middle class. The reason is simple: the bulk of the huge required volume of taxes must come from the great middle. Those taxes are treated as investments that are guaranteed by good government reforms.

So, in a Sustainable Deal… if a program does not provide value to the middle class and the program’s faults are caused by corruption, the tax for a specific improvement is not renewed in Phase 3.

Note that this renewal/denial process is a greater control than issuing bonds that, typically, are a 20 year commitment; whether or not the program stays uncorrupted.

With investing to provide better services, the case for regional government is particularly strong because it returns us to our roots of “no taxation without representation.” But, we improve on it with a more ironclad protection from our representatives wasting taxes.

We explore this protection in greater depth in Part 5 of this series, “Deal… or No Deal.” (We also plan to explore these taxation controls such as TRIB, the Taxpayers Regional Investment Board, and CC, the Chicagoland Congress, under “Future Proposals” at the end of the left column.)

Part 2 develops the case for regional government; primarily as the most effective way to rationalize local governments, reduce their costs of services and manage authorities that Illinois’ insolvency has caused it to lose its mandate for. A regional government also will monitor the public’s investment in the promising method of rebuilding infrastructure; the recently passed law allowing Private Public Partnerships (PPPs).

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