I bet my governor loves taxes more than your governor

The Chicago Tribune’s Adam Kovac reports that Gov. George “Safe Highways” Ryan will ask for higher taxes on cigarettes and riverboat gambling on Monday.

I am shocked, shocked that the Gov wants to increase taxes. The GOP seems to think the stench from the governor’s licenses-for-bribes scandal will hurt Jim Ryan’s chances against Blagojevich. Let me tell you what. Raising taxes — actually seeking to raise taxes, will do much more harm.

The idea that Illinois Republicans actually oppose tax increases is a tragic joke. Most people don’t expect much from state government, and they certainly don’t expect that the budget will be so mismanaged shortly following a period of tremendous economic growth and skyrocketing revenues that a tax increase will be required.

Can moderate Democrat Rod Blagojevich capitalize on this budget mess?