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|Democrat Critical of Democrat Governor
|State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) says Gov. Pat Quinn must start convincing those who disagree with an income tax increase that a tax hike is the only way to solve the state's budget woes.
Lang referenced several whirlwind trips Quinn has made, stopping around the state to rally support for additional state revenue to save state-funded social programs.
"He's still not doing it in the places where legislators voted no," Lang said. "He's not doing it in Du Page County which has a dozen or 15 or 20 legislators. Not a single one of them, not one, voted for the income tax increase. Did he go Downstate to rural Illinois where, obviously they are very conservative but don't understand that if their daycare center closes they wont be able to go to work? The person who is against taxes but their husband, who is a substance abuser, won't get his services? Did they talk to those legislators? No. What the governor has been doing lately is preaching to the choir."
As for a possible vote next week on an income tax hike, Lang doesn't believe there are enough votes in the House to pass the measure. He encouraged Illinoisans to contact their state representatives and urge them to vote for a tax hike.
Lang, who was on of the 42 Democrats in the House to vote for an income tax hike, spoke to a group of foster parents concerned about budget cuts. If new revenue isn't found soon, the Department of Children and Family Services will cut financial support to foster parents by 50 percent and could result in many foster parents giving up their foster children.
(Illinois Radio Network)
|06 19 09 by Newsroom
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