Democratic state senator Andy Manar says he won’t be supporting Governor Pat Quinn’s call to make the temporary state income tax hike permanent.
Manar says he has long been on the record that the temporary increase needs to expire as scheduled at the end of the year. He says the answer to the state’s fiscal problems can be found in an overhaul of the entire tax code… and a revamp of the state’s school funding formula.
Meanwhile, another local Democratic lawmaker says it’s time for a more common-sense approach to the state budget. Representative Sue Scherer says she favors spending caps and a line-by-line review of the state budget.
She’s also calling for grounding the state’s fleet of planes, selling “inefficient” state cars, and rooting out waste and fraud in Medicaid.