I have just read the details of some of the new taxes and costs to buy and license and drive cars implemented in Illinois. The impact they will have on downstate middle to moderate income families will he devastating. Do they even know, or care, how things work in small towns in Illinois?

We do not have Mass Transit. We have to drive where we need to go. Most of us do not live within walking distance of our jobs, many are two income families which requires two cars, and many are also paying for daycare so they can go to work.

With all the new taxes in place for vehicles and gas, it just may make it too expensive to go to work. Employers will not keep people working if they cannot afford to show up for work. When people start losing their jobs because they can’t afford to drive to work, they will have a couple of choices. They can go on welfare, or they can move someplace they can actually afford to live.

This will have a trickle down effect on the state. When the spendable income drops, spending drops. This means local businesses will see a drop in customers, with job losses, hope will be lost. If you can’t afford to go to work, you won’t be able to pay your rent, and all hope of ever owning your own home will be gone.

People in downstate Illinois cannot remain solvent, tax paying citizens if they cannot keep working. Some will give up. Most will move out of Illinois as soon as they can scrape together enough money to do so, and those who can’t move and can’t get to work, will be forced to go on welfare.

People who have families they can’t take care of are the most vulnerable people in the world. They are at risk for depression, and as a result, more domestic violence, more crimes committed for money, and more alcohol and drug abuse. Not a pretty thought, but it happens.

When you take away a person's ability to he a productive citizen, they will do whatever they have to do to survive and take care of their families. Survival is a primal instinct, as is providing for your family. The lengths people will go to to do this are about to be tested by the taxes and fees that are cutting the working people off at the knees.

The politicians in Springfield have no idea what they have just unleashed on the state of Illinois, because most of them have no idea what it is like to be a middle income family living in Illinois.

Karen Limes

Effingham