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Report: Deficits, bill backlog will increase if income tax expires

By Doug Finke
State Capitol Bureau

A new report from Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget office shows the state facing massive cuts in spending and a huge increase in its bill backlog if the temporary state income tax is allowed to expire as scheduled next year.

Voices for Illinois Children called the report alarming.

“Closing gaps of this magnitude would require draconian cuts to programs and services that are essential for the well-being of children, families and communities across Illinois,” Larry Joseph, director of the fiscal policy center, said in a statement. “Programs such as child-care assistance, after-school programs, child-protection services and a wide range of community-based services for families, people with disabilities and seniors would be in serious jeopardy.”

He said severe cuts can be avoided “by ensuring that these impending revenue losses do not happen.”

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Read the full article at SJ-R.com

This article also appeared in the JournalStandard.com (Freeport) and the Rockford Register Star.

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