The interim director of Illinois' child welfare agency is warning state lawmakers against budget cuts. Several state agencies have said they would have to lay off employees if the state income tax rate is reduced. Income taxes are scheduled to drop next year. Democratic State Representative Greg Harris says if the tax goes down, resulting cuts to the Department of Children and Family Services would hurt kids.
The income tax rate has been a topic of debate in the race for Illinois governor. Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn wants to keep the tax rate at 5 percent. Republican Bruce Rauner has proposed letting the income tax rate drop as scheduled.
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