Metro East Republican Hopes to Sell Ill. Dems on Tax Repeal
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – A Metro East Republican joins GOP colleagues in proposing a repeal of recent Illinois tax hikes.
Democrats pushed through the massive income tax increase in the waning hours of the last session.
State Representative Dwight Kay says a repeal will be a tough sell in an Illinois House still controlled by that party. “The House is a little more evenly divided than it was in the [last] session and it may be an uphill battle, but when you hear from as many constituents as I have, both individuals and businesses, it’s something that you just have to do,” explains Kay. “Basically what they’re telling me is, they realize state government has not been run well and they think it’s wrong to be taxed for the bad management of state government.”
The Glen Carbon Republican tells KMOX he and other co-sponsors of the proposed repeal plan to talk to Democratic colleagues before lawmakers gather in Springfield next month.
In the meantime, New Jersey’s Governor has announced plans to travel to the Land of Lincoln next week to convince companies to go back with him. “It is frightening,” says Kay, “because we’ve lost a competitive edge when we’ve increased taxes on individuals and businesses.”
Governor Pat Quinn signed the legislation last week that temporarily raises Illinois income taxes by two-thirds. Quinn’s office estimates it will generate about $6.8 billion a year. The state has a back-log of more than $8 billion in unpaid bills.
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