Quincy Herald-Whig: "tate Senate candidate Tom Ernst says agriculture will be one of his top priorities if he is elected to the Legislature.
Ernst held a breakfast meeting with area farmers this morning at Mike's Place in Liberty. He was accompanied by Sen. Todd Sieben, R-Geneseo, and Rep. Art Tenhouse, R-Liberty. All three men said that Gov. Rod Blagojevich and other Democrat leaders from Chicago don't understand the farmer's plight and have proposed taxes and other changes that would hurt family farms.
'Under the Democrat majority you can see what their attitude is toward agriculture when they want to tax our inputs,' Sieben said.
Blagojevich proposed early this year to tax feed, seed, fertilizer and chemicals purchased by farmers who earn more than $1 million per year. Tenhouse said that would have made farming the only business in the state which pays tax on inputs that go into creating a final product."
-- There are very few farms in Chicago or Cook County. So you might as well tax em.