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Trump News April 19, 2017

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WHITE HOUSE MEMO
Today, President Donald J. Trump will sign the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act, ensuring our incredible veterans have certainty and continuity of care while the Administration works to deliver the VA reforms that are so desperately needed.
MORNING:

  • 10:30AM: President Trump meets with Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
  • 11:30AM: President Trump signs S. 544 the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act

AFTERNOON:

  • 2:30PM: President Trump welcomes the Super Bowl Champions: The New England Patriots to the White House – Watch LIVE
  • 3:30PM: President Trump meets with National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster
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President Trump signs a Buy American, Hire American Executive Order.
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President Donald J. Trump lands in Kenosha, WI on Marine One to deliver remarks at Snap-on Tools and to sign his “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead).
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President Trump Promotes “Buy American and Hire American”.
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NEWS FROM VICE PRESIDENT PENCE’S ASIA-PACIFIC TOUR
Vice President Pence receives briefing at the DMZ.
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Vice President Pence and Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Aso hold a joint press conference.
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PRESS ROOM
Read yesterday’s press gaggle with Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders here.

Today’s press briefing will take place at 12:00PM ET in the White House Briefing Room with Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Watch it LIVE here.

NEWS REPORTS
  • Breitbart: “Donald Trump Celebrates ‘America First’ Executive Order in Wisconsin”
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  • Washington Times: “Pence tells Japanese that U.S. will confront North Korean nuclear threat”
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Source: Will County News

Illinois highest overall state and local tax burden in the nation.

The deadline to file state and federal income taxes is April 18, but for Illinoisans the sting of Tax Day is year-round. Residents in the Land of Lincoln face the highest overall state and local tax burden in the nation.

And in 2017, Illinois state government expects to spend $38.1 billion in 2017 – $5.7 billion more than the revenues it will collect, according to data from the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.

Where does the money come from?

The bulk of the state’s money comes from income and sales taxes. Combined, these taxes account for over 70 percent, or $23.6 billion of the $32.4 billion state government collects.

Twelve percent of state revenues come from taxes on cigarettes, liquor and insurance sold in Illinois, totaling $3.8 billion in 2017.

Another 3 percent comes from the net proceeds of the state’s lottery as well as taxes on the profits of gaming river boats and casinos in Illinois – about $1 billion this year.

Public utility taxes on electricity, telecommunications and natural gas companies accounts for another 3 percent of state revenue collected.

The last 10 percent is received from the federal government. The state expects $3.2 billion in reimbursements from the federal government in 2017, primarily to help fund Medicaid.

In all, the state will collect more than $32.4 billion in 2017, or about $3.6 billion less than the peak $36 billion when Illinois’ temporary tax hike was in place.

More money than ever

Any way you measure it, Illinois governments already collect more than enough money from taxpayers. Illinoisans pay the highest property taxes in the nation, and when total state and local taxes are tallied up, Illinoisans face the highest overall tax burden in the nation. Illinoisans can’t afford to pay more taxes.

From 2003 to 2016, Illinoisans paid $70 billion more in taxes than the state would have collected had revenues grown at the rate necessary to cover inflation plus population growth.

But politicians didn’t use that excess money to pay down pensions or debt. Instead, they used it to prop up higher spending on government-worker benefits.

Some politicians are calling for another income tax hike. But as the numbers show, Illinoisans are already shelling out a pretty penny – and the General Assembly hasn’t proved itself capable of managing the money.

Craig Lesner
Budget and Tax Research Director

Source: Will County News

THE MOVE IS ON TO FORCE YOUR FAVORITE GUN SHOP TO CLOSE

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URGENT ALERT – YOUR ACTION REQUIRED

THE MOVE IS ON TO FORCE YOUR FAVORITE GUN SHOP TO CLOSE

 April 19, 2017
The Illinois Senate will be holding a floor vote on bill SB1657, sponsored by Senator Don Harmon and supported by Chicago Democrats. This demanding and unnecessary legislation seems intended to regulate gun dealers out of business in Illinois.This bill would affect your ability to sell or refresh your own gun collection, by defining YOU as a gun dealer in Illinois.  Never mind the weight of all the federal regulations that gun dealers and gun owners must deal with, you will have more Illinois regulations and fees now too.

Remember that the anti-gunners have tried repeatedly to force suburban firearms retailers to close by suing them, only to have those suits tossed out.  They have tried to sue the towns that the stores are located in, only to have those suits dismissed as well.  Now they are attempting to change the law of the land, at least in Illinois, and make gun stores do business *their* way, which is no business at all.

WHAT YOU MUST DO TO PRESERVE YOUR GUN RIGHTS

1.  Contact your State Senator and politely tell him/her that you are a law-abiding gun owner and that you expect them to vote against SB1657. To verify who your State Senator is, use the lookup apps available at the Illinois State Board of Elections website. (click here)  Even if you prefer email, also contact them at their Springfield and district offices.  Email can be ignored, phones must be answered.  Remember, the person who answers the phone is usually a state employee reporting to the senator,  and is just doing their job.

2.  Pass this alert on to all your friends and family and have them make calls too.

3.  Post this alert to any and all Internet blogs, bulletin boards, and social media sites to which you belong.

Check out ISRA’s website at www.isra.org! Tell us what you think!

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Illinois State Rifle Association, PO Box 637, Chatsworth, IL 60921

Source: Will County News

Making sense of the economics of Illinois

From Illinois Policy April 2017

Illinois is a state that could have it all.

The Land of Lincoln has economic potential growing from its farmlands and churning from its factories, in its suburban corporate headquarters and downtown tech start-ups.

But the state’s economic engine is choking on a host of tax and economic policies that squash job opportunities.

Illinois’ potential can be unlocked. The key to unleashing job growth and shared prosperity is for policy makers to apply the economic good judgment that prevails in Illinois households. But instead, governments in Illinois are too much in the business of doing things that don’t make sense – writing more rules, enacting higher taxes, and gumming up the wheels of progress with reams of red tape.

A dose of common sense is needed. Lawmakers should recognize the wounds that Illinois has suffered as largely self-inflicted by the state legislature. The magnitude of these errors must be recognized.

The solution is to enact sound policies that prime the pump for growth. Only then can Illinois’ economy produce the good jobs and rising incomes that result in shared prosperity. Illinois families will be rewarded for their hard work after lawmakers clear the way for economic success.

The purpose of my column and work at the Illinois Policy Institute is to recognize these economic afflictions and to propose solutions.

As Vice President of Policy, I focus on unraveling the economic stagnation that has hurt so many Illinois families, and advancing an understanding of the solutions that will lead to better growth. In the past, I’ve been an educator in South Korea and in South Shore, and a financier in Chicago’s trading markets. My passion is for applying education and economic understanding to transform human potential into flourishing prosperity.

I’ve traveled the world, and am fascinated by economic policy – what works and what hurts a local, regional or national economy.

What I see in Illinois is baffling. All of the necessary elements for success are here.

Illinois should be a target for long-term investments by families looking to lay down roots and businesses seeking to build new facilities. So why isn’t the Land of Lincoln bursting at the seams with growth? Well, it’s certainly not for a lack of natural advantages.

Deep, rich soils make Illinois’ agriculture the envy of the world. And a central location in the United States with access to rivers, lakes, trains and airports make Illinois a natural transportation hub.

The state’s industrial backbone is plugged into the nation’s central transportation network, allowing producers to bring farm goods and manufactured products to international markets.

Chicago’s bustling business core and diversified service sector continue to attract talent and innovation. The great city on Lake Michigan’s shores has built-in advantages as the Midwest’s capital and global hub.

Yet, Illinois doesn’t thrive. Instead, the Land of Lincoln is the sick-man economy of the Midwest. People vote with their feet and leave the state at startling rates. Business leaders compare Illinois to a third-world country.

Illinois is thwarted by human error. The state will succeed if a sound approach is taken to government finances and economic growth. But without a change in course, the state will continue to recede.

Economic opportunity speaks loudly and families and businesses hear its call. That’s the story I intend to tell through this column each Wednesday in the weeks ahead. Illinois didn’t become an economic basket case overnight, and it won’t be fixed in a day either.

Illinois needs light shined on its economic strategies to disinfect it from the mistakes of the past and point the way to a stronger future. The goal of this column is to be one such light.

It’s time for a new chapter in the story of this great state. Illinois’ future should be full of dynamic growth, optimism, and the rewarding sense of a job well done that is the consequence of economic opportunity.

Source: Will County News

War games

War games

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As last week drew to a close, President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on the Al Shayrat airbase in Syria. U.S. Navy warships in the Mediterranean Sea rained dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles down on the target, turning the base into a smoking pile of rubble while crippling nearly 20 percent of Syria’s fixed-wing fleet.  The missiles also delivered a none-too-subtle message to not only WMD-using Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but any other tinpot dictators who might be considering a run at the title: There’s a new sheriff in town, and homeboy ain’t afraid to flash some steel. And by ordering the launch during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump also flexed enough muscle to convince the Chinese to play ball; as demonstrated by China’s halt of coal to North Korea.

The strike was a geopolitical master stroke by a game theory virtuoso. By showing the Russians minor deference in warning them ahead of time, but still dropping a cinder block on Assad’s toes, Trump deftly tiptoed through a diplomatic minefield and even buried rumors of a secret connection to Russia in the process.

Or…

Trump lobbed millions of dollars of military hardware at Syria to distract people’s attention from an ongoing scandal involving his connection to Russia. Despite all the crowing, the strike was largely ineffective. The whole thing was a “wag-the-dog” ploy; as worthwhile as Bill Clinton’s late-90s launches into the Sudan. In doing so, he further destabilized an already-shaky situation in the Middle East and antagonized the North Koreans, who will probably end up on the business end of a few Tomahawks themselves.

By ordering the strike during Xi’s vacay in Mar-a-Lago, Trump cemented the idea that he’s a loose cannon; prompting Xi to move unilaterally to curtail coal shipments to North Korea in an effort to be the lone adult in the region.

Or…

Trump ordered the strike — less than 12 hours after his former nemesis Hillary Clinton publicly declared her support for just such a move — because he, Hillary, Putin and Xi are all just pawns of the same globalist villains. The strike was nothing more than another chapter in civilization’s acceptance of permanent, eventually total war. Hell, Assad didn’t even launch the Sarin attack in the first place; it was all a false flag operation.

Or…

Trump is a buffoon who likes the idea of blowing stuff up, which makes him a perfect dupe for the chickenhawks and neocons.

Or…

Trump is a genius who just shut the door on eight years of Obama’s mewling appeasement. The USA is back, baby!

None of the above scenarios exist entirely outside the realm of possibility, but they do leave the outside observer wondering who could possibly benefit from such tangled alliances. On a whim, I happened to peek at Raytheon’s stock price. The company that manufactures Tomahawk cruise missiles is trading north of $150/share; not an all-time high, but an exceedingly healthy 20 percent leap over a year ago.  With nearly 300 million shares outstanding, that’s enough money to Tomahawk everyone from Damascus to the DMZ without batting an eye.  In the game of war, there’s your winner.

— Ben Crystal

Source: Will County News