News Column


August 14, 2014

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn celebrated when Walgreens chose to not relocate its headquarters to another country. Individuals and managers of pension funds and mutual funds who lost money when the company's stock plummeted did not celebrate that Walgreens chose to pay more taxes.

Some politicians who say corporations are not people somehow say these non-persons can take actions that are unpatriotic? I believe it is unpatriotic for politicians to believe the government is entitled to so much in taxes.

A company's directors should have the freedom to set up a corporation wherever they choose. Politicians in states and countries need to make tax laws and regulations that encourage corporations to stay or relocate to their jurisdictions. Punitive policies will make things worse.

Many people chastise corporations and individuals for not paying their fair share but rarely question what the government's fair share should be.

Jack Hellner

Springfield, Ill.

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Source: USA Today

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