Sandwich Shrugged

January 20th, 2011

In anticipation of of Illinois’ impending tax increase, JImmy John Liautaud, founder of Jimmy John’s Sandwich shop, is planning on moving to Florida. From FAVstocks:

The founder of Jimmy John’s said he has applied for Florida residency and may recommend that his corporate headquarters move out-of-state as a result of the Illinois tax increases enacted last week.

Jimmy John Liautaud told The News-Gazette on Tuesday that he is angry about the moves, which boosted the individual income tax from 3 percent to 5 percent and the corporate income tax from 7.3 percent to 9.5 percent.

“All they do is stick it to us,” he said, adding that the Legislature and governor showed “a clear lack of understanding.” “I could absorb this and adapt, but it doesn’t feel good in my soul to make it happen,” Liautaud said.

Champaign has been its corporate base, but Liautaud said it will not necessarily continue that way. Liautaud said he has been contacted by “multiple pro-business states” that made him feel “wanted and important.”

“I enjoy being courted and the process,” he said.

Once he collects information on alternative sites, he will present it to the company’s board of directors and ask the board to decide.

As for himself, “my family and I are out of here,” he said.

I suppose when you go galt, you should always pack lunch–and a Jimmy John sandwich may be the best choice. Who ate John Galt?