Group welcomes extra taxes to prevent Rauner cuts

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- A faith-based group marched in Arlington Heights, Ill. Saturday, upset about what they call an “immoral budget” proposed by Governor Bruce Rauner.

To fill a $6 billion dollar budget deficit, Rauner has proposed nearly $4 billion in cuts to human services in Illinois.

Protesters want the governor and state legislators to know they are willing to pay more in state income tax to fill the gap.

Democratic State Senator Michael Noland was at the protest, and said he has proposed a bill that would raise the state income tax back to five percent -- and expand the sales tax to include consumer services.

The protesters also said they support taxing a portion of retirement income and closing corporate tax loopholes.

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  • Kathy

    Ya gotta wonder about these people – advocating that EVERYONE pay more taxes.
    But this (the state’s fiscal condition) is what happens following years of mismanagement,
    waste, bloat and “I Got Mine!” governance – there’s NO MONEY and BAD things happen.
    Of course, a Dem is proposing another tax hike – never caring whether hard-working
    taxpayers can afford x, y, z OR whether taxes destroy them entirely!
    Of course, society should FIRST care for those who are mentally and physically disabled
    but other things must be cut. We taxpayers are TAPPED OUT !

    • Zebra Stripes

      Wasn’t it nice when Republican George Ryan was governor and lowered taxes, balanced the budget, and fixed the pension problem?

      • Kathy

        I did not claim that anyone was blameless or even more competent than anyone else but they don’t call Dems the ‘tax and spenders” for no reason.

    • Richard

      This is exactly what I don’t understand about my democrat friends who regularly say I’d pay more taxes to help the poor, elderly, sick…yet are the same people who give very little to charity and do no volunteer work. If you are willing to help, help. Why wait for the political process to take months or years to finally decide to do something, and once they do, do it inefficiently. If you want to give money or time to help the poor, elderly, and sick, please do it. Please don’t advocate to make EVERYONE do it.