A local Democratic lawmaker will not support Governor Pat Quinn’s call to make the state’s temporary income tax increase permanent.
State Senator Andy Manar says he has been on the record for a long time saying the temporary tax hike should be allowed to expire on schedule.
Manar agrees with the governor that state services, especially school funding, could face deep cuts because of revenue shortfalls next year. But Manar says the answer has to be found in a complete review and overhaul of the state’s entire tax structure. He also supports revamping school funding to ensure that money is distributed primarily on the basis of need.