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Three Area Republican House Members Break With Governor Rauner and Approve Income Tax Increase

July 4, 2017

The Illinois House appears headed to passage of a State Budget after approving an increase in the state income tax and a 36-billion dollar spending plan.

Area Republican State Representatives John Cavaletto, Charlie Meier, and Terri Bryant were among the dozen Republicans breaking with Governor Bruce Rauner in approving the income tax rate increase from 3.75-percent
to just under 5-percent.

The three also voted for a reform in the school aide funding formula sought by area school superintendents after money to help fund the Chicago schools
pension fund was moved to a different bill. The bill would mean more than $4.5-million more for school’s in Cavaletto’s legislative district which includes
Marion, Fayette, and Effingham Counties.

The income tax increase was approved with just one vote to spare, 72 to 45. Governor Rauner almost immediately said he would veto the tax hike. He said the largest tax hike in history would come with continued out of balance
budgets with no real reform.

The house later approved a $36-billion dollar spending plan by an 81-34 vote. Democrats point out that it’s about $800 million less than what Rauner proposed last winter.

Cavaletto said the turning point for him came when the Republican caucus was given information on the devastating impact and scary situation the state’s bond rating being reduced to junk status would have on Illinois. He questioned how the state could build itself back from the bankrupt situation and said an increase in the income tax didn’t worry him as much.

Cavaletto said you could have heard a pin drop in the Republican caucus after the presentation.

Cavaletto says the House will remain in session in the coming week, working on some type of property tax reform to give something up in return for the income tax increase. He reports work also continues on pension reform which is also critical for the state’s future.

Cavaletto is suggesting if a budget agreement is finally reached it be extended for a two year period to return some stability to schools, universities, and other state funded programs.

The Senate is expected back in special session on Monday to consider changes made in the House to the budget bills they passed earlier.

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