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|Denisar Urges Moffitt to Support Income Tax Increase Live on Air
|Galesbug School District Superintendent Doctor Gene Denisar has a simple message for State Representative Don Moffitt and others as Denisar hopes they'll pass Governor Pat Quinn's proposed tax increase for education.
"I think we need to put that political stuff aside for now, especially -- as far as it's concerned -- educationally," Denisar said. "I certainly support the one-percent income tax surcharge."
Denisar and Moffitt talked about the proposal live on WGIL Wednesday. Denisar urged Moffitt to get lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to support Quinn's proposal -- some specifics are still lacking -- that could funnel billions into schools and negate proposed cuts in the state budget for education.
Moffitt tells WGIL, though, he does have some concerns about getting support, and with the proposal itself.
"I've always said this should have a sunset (provision). The Governor, at this point, didn't put that in there," Moffitt said. "I talked to one of (Quinn's) staff members afterwards -- I've talked to the Governor himself bout that. His comment was, 'well, now's when we negotiate.'"
Moffitt does say, though, that a one-percent income tax surcharge for education seems to be more fair than an overall income tax increase. That might not be a position others in the Republican party like. Republican gubernatorial opponent Bill Brady, though, has referred to Quinn's proposal as a "disaster."
Moffitt does say the time to act for the good of the children is now.
(The marquis sign at Lincoln Educational Center in Galesburg Monday night. WGIL News Story and File Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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