The Republican nominee for governor welcomes any talk from Democrats about letting the income tax increase expire. Bruce Rauner wants to allow the hike to sunset, and he believes the legislators now working on an alternative budget without revenue from that increase must have heard the same from Illinois residents. “I’m not surprised at all,” Rauner said. “Voters in both political parties—Democrats , Republicans, and independents, have made it clear to me they don’t want higher taxes. They want to see the tax burden reduced.”
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House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) said Wednesday that 34 Democrats would support making the hike permanent, well short of the 60 votes needed to pass the measure. While saying he’s against the current 5 percent income tax, Rauner did not say what particular rate he would support, promising that it would be included in his budget proposal. Rauner wouldn’t give any timetable for its release, only saying it would be out “long before the election.”
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