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Public Survey Shows Opinion On Pensions


Illinois voters are reluctant to break promises on public sector pensions… but they’re even less eager to see their taxes go up to keep those promises.

 

A new survey from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University finds that a majority of those surveyed don’t want to see cost-of-living increases taken away from state retirees. Public opinion is largely divided on whether the retirement age should be raised, and on the issue of transferring teacher pension costs from the state to local school districts.

 

But voters are overwhelmingly opposed to making the state’s temporary income tax hike permanent to generate funds for pensions, and don’t want to see the state sales tax expanded to more products and services.

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