IL Lawmaker Proposes “Jock Tax” on “Wisconsin 14″

This is funny, but since Illi­nois Gov­er­nor Pat Quinn (and now Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel) have pretty much turned their state into a “Sanc­tu­ary State,” it’s not likely to happen.

State Rep. Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) is intro­duc­ing leg­is­la­tion today that will apply the Illi­nois income tax to vis­it­ing leg­is­la­tors from Wis­con­sin and Indiana.

Not­ing that the Democ­rats passed leg­is­la­tion to “close cor­po­rate loop­holes” which resulted in Illi­nois tax­ing planes while they were fly­ing over Illi­nois, incomes of movie stars film­ing in Illi­nois, base­ball and foot­ball team play­ers on Illi­nois fields,

I think that ought to apply to vis­it­ing Democrats.”

What’s good enough for the Green Bay Pack­ers is good enough for the Wis­con­sin legislature.”

The rea­son he brings up the Pack­ers is because of the Wis­con­sin con­nec­tion no doubt, but he just as well could have listed any other sports fran­chise in his state­ment.  Illi­nois (and prob­a­bly Wis­con­sin too, since it’s a more com­mon prac­tice than you think) have what is com­monly called “a Jock Tax” on the books.  “Jock Taxes” are meant to tax the income of pro ath­letes for the time they are in the state or munic­i­pal­ity they are play­ing in for the length of the game.  Which means, if a player who resides in Los Ange­les or New York City comes to play a game in Chicago or Mil­wau­kee, they would be taxed on pretty much their game check.

No doubt the irony is lost on Illi­nois Democ­rats.  That said, I do believe Lance Burri is cor­rect.  This sort of tax is for those who are doing their jobs; not run­ning from it.

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