Rep. Rich Brauer: Why we should allow the temporary income tax to "sunset"

On the heels of what might prove to be the first in a long line of tax increase votes, Illinois House Republicans are launching an online petition drive AGAINST the effort to make the Illinois temporary tax increase of 2011 permanent.

On January 11, 2011 Illinois Democrats raised the state income tax by 67% during a lame duck session in what sponsors claimed would be a short term solution to paying Illinois’ bills. Three years later, Illinois continues to carry nearly $7 billion in unpaid bills while struggling with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation at 8.4%.

Representative Rich Brauer responded to threats that the State government will have to make significant cuts: "Its about priorities. When you look at state government spending in the last 10-12 years, spending has exploded. They are looking at things that are designed to hurt and I think there are some scare tactics in there."  Read more.