Gov. Pat Quinn, the Democratic Illinoisan, signed the extremely unpopular 67 percent income tax increase into law three years ago in January of 2011. Thanks to Gov. Pat Quinn, the temporary 67 percent increase in the Illinois state income tax - which he promised would expire next year - will not end, according to an NBC News report on Wednesday.
Gov. Quinn announced on Wednesday, during his budget address, that the largest increase in income tax to ever have hit Illinois will remain.
Quinn said that if action is not taken to stabilize the state’s revenue code, extreme and radical cuts would be imposed on education and critical public services. He went on to say that the cuts would starve our schools and result in massive teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, and higher property taxes.
Additionally, he threatened that stopping the 67 percent income tax increase would force a 13,000 teacher layoff as well as taking away from childcare, care for residents with mental illness, and result in layoffs to nursing home inspectors and in-home caretakers.
Quinn believes that the state cannot stand by and allow savage cuts to schools and other critical services – programs that he claims have been “progress” during his five years in office as governor of Illinois.
In appeasement, during this critical election year for Pat Quinn, he put a $500 property tax refund for homeowners as a tax relief.
Already, gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner - who won the state’s primary last week – said that Quinn’s action of making the income tax increase permanent shows that Quinn breaks his promises to the people of Illinois.
Bruce Rauner stated that Pat Quinn first promised the working people of Illinois he wouldn’t raise taxes by 67 percent. He said that Quinn broke that promise, taking away nearly a week’s worth of pay for Illinois families. He concluded by saying of Quinn, “Then he promised his tax hike would be temporary. Today he broke that promise too – and is doubling down on his failed policies.”
The general election for Illinois governor will be on Nov. 4.