Governor Quinn refutes claims that he wants to make the temporary income tax increase permanent. The increase was passed during lame-duck session in 2011 and is set to expire at the end of 2014. Many Republicans in Illinois claim the money generated from the increase hasn't gone toward paying down unpaid bills as it was supposed to, so Democrats will likely have to keep the extra money flowing in order to deal with the state's financial troubles.
Illinois had a six billion dollar backlog when the tax hike passed but because the money hasn't been properly funneled, the state now has more than eight billion dollars in unpaid bills. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has said lawmakers need to buckle down and make sure the money doesn't go toward funding other services. Quinn says he's not focused on making the increase permanent. Right now, his number one goal is to pass a comprehensive pension reform package.
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