State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) is not convinced the governor’s budget address painted an accurate picture of the consequences if the state’s 5% income tax rate is allowed to roll back in January. Haine is one of the lawmakers that voted to raise the income tax in 2011, on the assumption that it would be rolled back as planned after four years for the state to get caught up on its bills.
But, Haine says before deciding whether or not to support a permanent increase, he plans on doing his own research.
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State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) says this budget plan illustrates a lack of leadership.
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Quinn says the state has cut spending by five-point-seven-billion-dollars, paid down five-billion-dollars in unpaid bills, and added 257-thousand private sector jobs since the tax hike went into effect.