To Democrat legislative leaders who are publicly asking Republicans to jump on the income tax increase bandwagon – my answer is “no!” They have not made a serious attempt to cut a budget that has increased by more than $6 billion in just seven years, and have not addressed the anti-business policies that are driving revenue-producing jobs to other states.

Someone has to stand up for the working families of Illinois and the businesses that provide the jobs for our citizens. Seven years of “tax-and-spend” government has surely left us some wiggle room to cut.
Governor Pat Quinn claims a 50 percent income tax increase is needed to pay the state’s bills and he has recommended raising the income tax rate from 3 percent to 4.5 percent to help fill an $11.5 billion budget hole.

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