Madison County Board member Kathy Smith (pictured), who is challenging State Representative Dan Beiser for his seat in Springfield this fall, thinks there are better ways to address the state's pension problems than to add another dollar to the cost of a pack of cigarettes. She says Democrats have had control of the state for 15 years and if voters really want to see change, they'll need to change the players in the game.
Quinn's plan to restructure Medicaid includes a one dollar tax increase on cigarettes, which Republicans in both the state House and Senate disagree with. The GOP does support much of the governor's plan for pension reform, which includes increasing the retirement age to 67 and increasing employee contributions by three-percent. Attempts to reach State Representative Dan Beiser, who is being challenged by Smith in the fall, have been unsuccessful.