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SEIU Advocates for Income Tax Hike Extension

Updated: Wednesday, May 28 2014, 12:55 PM CDT
STATEHOUSE -- Keep the current income tax in place. That's the message union leaders are sending to the legislature as budget talks continue at the statehouse.

Union representatives say if the current income tax increase is allowed to expire in January, 13,000 teachers would be laid off, 21,000 seniors would not receive needed healthcare services, and 41,000 fewer children would receive childcare--which, in turn, would prevent parents from working.

"We need a budget for our children, for single mothers, low-income families, for seniors, for adults with disabilities," SEIU Healthcare Executive Vice President April Verrett said.

SEIU says 25,000 adults with disabilities would lose community-based services if the income tax rate drops from 5 percent to 3.75 percent. It's a move supporters say would save taxpayers nearly $2 billion.SEIU Advocates for Income Tax Hike Extension

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