Reaction to Governor Pat Quinn’s budget address is split along party lines. Republican Bruce Rauner accuses Quinn of a litany of broken promises… and says his proposal to extend the temporary state income tax hike is just “doubling down” on failed policies.
Legislative Republicans say the Quinn administration should not be trusted with even more tax dollars… because they haven’t spent them wisely. But the top Democrats in the House and Senate say they support the call to make the income tax hike permanent, and plan to call it for a vote before the legislative session ends in late May.
Some of the top lobbying and interest groups in the state are split in their reaction to Governor Pat Quinn’s budget proposal.
The Illinois Manufacturers Association opposes Quinn’s call to keep higher income tax rates in place, saying the state needs more business-friendly policies. But the Illinois Hospital Association supports Quinn’s approach, saying it’s the only way to avoid damaging cuts to vital services.
And the Retail Merchants Association says it could live with the tax idea… but only if Quinn drops other proposals that could raise costs on business, like hiking the state’s minimum wage or requiring paid sick days for all workers.