Lawmakers Talk Taxes With Chamber

3-31-14 Chamber Legislative LuncheonOne’s a Democrat and three are Republicans, but all four local representatives in the Illinois House and Senate say it will be difficult getting made permanent an income tax increase that is supposed to sunset at the end of the year.

Speaking to a luncheon today hosted by the Galesburg-Area Chamber of Commerce, Democratic State Senator John Sullivan says, however, he thinks in the end, the increase will pass.

“The chances are pretty likely that that will happen,” says Sullivan. “The reason I say that is that Speaker Madigan and the Speaker of the Senate John Cullerton said they would be supportive of that.”

Meanwhile, Republican State Senator Darin LaHood told Chamber members if the income tax increase is extended, that means Governor Pat Quinn has taken part in a big lie, since he remembers hearing that the temporary tax increase would pay off debt and help return the state to fiscal solvency.

“Here we are three and a half years later and we still have a 7-billion dollar deficit,” says LaHood. “It hasn’t gone away. We have the highest unemployment rate in the Midwest, 8.7-percent, second highest in the nation. From the standpoint of the promises that were made of this being temporary, that hasn’t happened.”

State Representative Norine Hammond says much of the math on the budget proposal the Governor gave last week doesn’t work for her.  State Representative Don Moffitt, meanwhile, continues to call for the state budget to be put on public display before it’s ever called for a vote.

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