Republicans opposing efforts to allocate $100 million in taxpayer money to build a presidential library for Barack Obama are pitching a plan to get the job paid for by alternate means. State Senator Bill Brady of Bloomington's introducing legislation that would allow Illinois taxpayers to donate a portion of their tax refund to the building of a presidential library:
"To me this is a win-win proposition. It shows Illinois' support for the Barack Obama presidential library, and it preserves taxpayer dollars going to their intended purposes particularly in a state in such a severe economic crisis."
The effort comes on the heels of an Illinois House committee's passage of a $100 million plan Wednesday to lure Obama's presidential library to his home state, despite objections from Republicans. Brady says the Democrats' plan is impractical in a tough budget year. Lawmakers are currently debating whether to extend the state's temporary increase, which is scheduled to roll back next January.
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