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Lawmaker says don't hold breath for good times

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:10:17 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

As lawmakers start to put together a budget, a long time Bloomington Representative says whatever comes out of the spring session will not greatly change the fiscal constraints the state faces. Even if pension legislation passes, Representative Dan Brady says he has doubts that the two year old income tax increase will be allowed to begin expiring next year.

"I don't know that you can. I am very suspect of the tax increase that was supposed to be temporary will end up being permanent. And if in fact that would be the case, the priority of using the money on what was supposed to do in the first place and that was pay down old bills and then put down dollars toward pension debt and quit any new spending."

Governor Quinn's proposed budget cuts education by 400 million dollars. And the House threshold for spending on government is $500 million below that. Brady says cuts should be as fairly as possible across the board, not concentrated in any one sector. He says it took more than a decade to get into the fiscal mess, and it will take that long to get out of it.

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