Ill. Dems ready for tax hike push
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois legislators are taking a break before Democrats push forward on a major income tax increase.
House leaders will try to round up support for the 75 percent increase before returning to Springfield on Sunday.
After the House adjourned Friday, Rep. Frank Mautino (mah-TEE’-noh) said the tax plan doesn’t have enough support to pass right now. But the Spring Valley Democrat predicts it will pass in the end.
There’s little doubt it will succeed in the Senate, which resumes work on Monday. That’s when Gov. Pat Quinn and other statewide officials are sworn in for a new term.
Several Republican lawmakers criticized the idea of raising taxes so dramatically, even if most of the increase would expire after four years. They say it would drive jobs out of Illinois.
(Copyright: The Associated Press)