Lt. gov and lawmaker want taxes on ballots

July 8, 2008 3:10:24 PM PDT
Illinois voters could get the right to vote on tax and spending issues. Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn and Cook County Commissioner Forest Claypool unveiled a proposal Tuesday.

Pointing to the recent sales tax increase in Cook County, the two want to put tax and spending issues on the ballot and give voters the right to decide. Quinn and Claypool say they'll devote the next year that goal.

"A long time ago, Ben Franklin said there are two things inevitable in life - death and taxes. But he didn't say it's inevitable to be taxed to death. And I think voters today in Illinois feel the system is out of control," said Quinn.

Quinn and Claypool want to give voters this right at the city, county and state level.


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