Illinois GOP Wants Voters to Weigh in on Tax Hike

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)–Republican lawmakers want to let voters weigh in on whether to make Illinois’ temporary income tax increase permanent.

Several House and Senate Republicans introduced legislation Tuesday to put a non-binding question about the tax hike on the November ballot.

The 5 percent individual income tax rate is scheduled to drop to 3.75 percent in January, reducing revenue by about $1.8 billion next year.

Gov. Pat Quinn and Democratic leaders say extending the increase is necessary to avoid huge cuts to schools and other areas.

Sen. Pamela Althoff is a McHenry Republican. She says voters in her district oppose keeping the tax hike in place.

She says: “If the Democrats need more convincing, we will give them the vehicle to hear from the voters loud and clear.”

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