GOP: Democrats Can't be Trusted With More MoneySPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Republican leaders in the Illinois Legislature say Gov. Pat Quinn and his fellow Democrats can't be trusted with taxpayers' money.
State Rep. Jim Durkin and state Sen. Christine Radogno spoke Wednesday following Quinn's budget address.
Quinn proposed extending Illinois' temporary income tax increase in order to avoid "drastic" budget cuts to education and other critical areas. The increase is scheduled to roll back in January, creating a $1.6 billion drop in revenue next year.
Durkin and Radogno say Democrats approved the tax increase - from 3 percent to 5 percent for individuals - in 2011 as a way to pay the state's overdue bills. But Illinois still has a bill backlog of about $6 billion.
Durkin says Democrats lied. He says "They cannot be trusted anymore with taxpayers' money."
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