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Drug Treatment Advocates Note Impact If Income Tax Rate Falls

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:41:26 CDT
By: AP

Addiction experts say thousands of Illinois residents could lose drug treatment services if a temporary tax increase expires later next year. The Illinois Department of Public Health's drug treatment programs could lose $20 million in funding if the income tax falls from 5 percent to 3.75 percent. IDPH officials estimate that would cut services for almost 16,000 people. Sara Howe is a spokeswoman for the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association. She says the potential budget cuts come at a time when heroin use is increasing in Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn wants to make the tax increase permanent before it expires on Jan. 1.

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