Without budget in place, Rauner to propose next year's plan

Submitted on Sat, 02/13/2016 - 22:00


One week after President Barack Obama called for bipartisan compromise in speech before the Illinois General Assembly, Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday will address that still deeply divided body about his plan for next year’s state budget.

...In a report released Thursday, the Chicago-based Civic Federation, a nonpartisan budget watchdog, recommends raising personal and corporate income tax rates back to their prerollback levels of 5 percent and 7 percent, taxing non-Social Security retirement income, expanding the sales tax to services and temporarily removing the sales tax exemption for food and over-the-counter medicine, among other recommendations...

Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, said his organization has been making similar revenue recommendations for years.

“If you don’t do those things, you can’t solve your problem,” Martire said. “And that’s not ideological. That’s math.”

The Responsible Budget Coalition, a group of more than 250 social service agencies, labor unions and other organizations across the state, also is urging the state to “choose revenue.”

“We want to hear the governor say his No. 1 priority is a budget that invests in families and communities and that he won’t use them as leverage for his nonbudget agenda,” coalition spokesman Neal Waltmire said.

Read more of this article from Dan Petrella, Springfield Bureau Chief of Lee Enterprises, in the Southern Illinoisan (the article also appeared in the Decatur Herald & Review, the Bloomington Pantagraph, and the Quad City Times)