Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says allowing the temporary income tax increase to expire would result in big cuts for his office. That would include shutting about 25 driver’s license facilities and laying off 200 workers—including the entire state Capitol police force. White says his office was barely getting by before the income tax hike was put into place in 2011.
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“We were able to function on a shoestring,” White said. “However, we did some major cuts within my office—telecommunications, mailings, postage, the list goes on and on as to cutting back on use of vehicles. We would suffer tremendously if by chance the income tax is not sustained.”
White says closures and layoffs would lead to longer waits to renew driver’s licenses and license plate stickers, while rural customers may be forced to travel much farther to get to a facility. If the tax hike is made permanent, White says his office’s budget request would remain flat.