Mixed Reactions in Illinois Capitol on Tax Hike

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The Illinois senate has made its decision to pass an income tax hike, but Governor Bruce Rauner is making a strong statement to prevent what would be the final step toward getting a budget deal done.

This week, 15 GOP members voted in favor of a budget, today, Governor Rauner said in a press conference he wil ldo everything possible to change those 15 votes.

When asked how, he didn’t have a response.

Rauner started his campaign two years ago pledging to not raise taxes. However that’s looking like it could become a reality on Friday, as the house hopes to round up another 72 votes to override his veto.

Rauner says this tax hike is a phony and booby trapped with land mines.

“This is not just a slap in the face to Illinois taxpayers, this is a 2 x 4 smacked across the foreheads of the people in Illinois.” – Governor Bruce Rauner.

While Governor Rauner is taking his stance against the tax hike, some lawmakers are backing the senate’s decision.

Illinois senator Dale Righter has said that he agrees with the tax hike; and that a decision like this should’ve been made sooner.

Without a doubt there is a lot of tension at the state capitol, but Right says the state must correct the budget mess.

“This state has to start balancing its budgets. That is the first and most important thing. Every dollar that we throw onto a back log of bills, is another dollar that the next generation has to pay for. Even though we got to spend it. And that is simply wrong.” – Illinois Senator Dale Righter

Even though Governor Rauner has already vetoed the tax hike bill, Democratic Leader Michael Madigan has guranteed that he has enough support to override that veto.

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