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Income Tax Question Could Be on November Ballot

Updated: Wednesday, May 21 2014, 03:39 PM CDT
ILLINOIS -- What do you think of making the temporary income tax hike permanent? You might get a chance to weigh in this fall. A group of House and Senate Republicans put forward legislation today to put that question in the November ballot.

Under the Republicans' proposal, voters would be able to vote "yes" or "no" on whether the state should make the income tax hike permanent.

It would be a non-binding question, so the move would not directly impact the tax's future--certainly not this session.

The income tax is scheduled to roll back from 5 percent to 3.75 percent at the end of this year, which would result in a $1.8 billion drop in revenue.

Meanwhile, the governor and the House have passed budgets that would require extending the income tax. That budget plan has not received any Republican support.

"We've all been cut out of the process," Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R - Addison) said. "We've going to ask the people to be citizen soldiers and join us in the fight, and that they think their voice isn't being heard by the majority. So they have the opportunity to step up and cast a ballot in support of the measure or opposed to the measure."

Gov. Pat Quinn and Speaker of the House Mike Madigan are still trying to whip up the votes to pass the income tax extension. But Madigan said they are still significantly short of having the 60 votes they need, despite there being 71 Democrats in the House.

Quinn has said the tax increase is necessary to avoid huge cuts to schools and other areas.

The Democrats say with the budget and tax increase debates happening in the spring session, waiting to put the question on the ballot in November is too late of a response to this immediate issue. Income Tax Question Could Be on November Ballot
Income Tax Question Could Be on November Ballot

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