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Democrat Tweet shows what Illinois is up against in balancing a budget



SPRINGFIELD – In one Tweet Monday morning from Springfield, Democrat State Rep. Chris Welch (Chicago) showed the world one reason why Illinois is unable to come up with a balanced state budget. It's simple – simple math, that is. Math that Rep. Welch evidently doesn't understand.

This is what we're up against, folks … and why Speaker Madigan so easily leads his Democrat caucus at the head of the pack over the fiscal cliff. 

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  1. Whoever tweeted that is obviously math challenged. Going from 3.75% to 4.95% is an increase of 1.2 PERCENTAGE POINTS, but it is NOT an increase of 1.2%.
    Here is the correct way to calculate percent change (in this case, percent increase):
    (4.95 – 3.75)/3.75 = 0.32, which is the decimal equivalent of 32%. Rauner is indeed correct. The Dems are ignorant and/or stupid, as always.

  2. Can we please find high school educated people that have worked for a living get elected to run our governments. College education is failing us. Next thing you know 93 million people a day will be killed in fun violence

  3. Uh, I’m not for the increase, but going from 3.75 to 4.95 is indeed a 32% increase. If you made $10000 before, your tax bill was $375. It will now be $495. That $120 difference is an increase of 120/375 = 32%.