Group tries to solve state budget crisis

September 29, 2009 4:25:17 PM PDT
A new organization called the Responsible Budget Coalition has united 93 groups to try to solve the state's budget crisis.The coalition seeks public and legislative support for tax reform to raise more revenue, maintain public services, and save jobs.

Senate President John Cullerton said the senate wanted to be fair to low and moderate income-earners when it voted to increase the state income tax.

"So we said: Let's increase the earned income tax credit. Let's increase the personal exemption, and put that right in the bill. And give some property tax relief to folks who pay property tax. We put that in the bill," said John Cullerton, (D) Senate president.

Senator Cullerton urged the House to pass that legislation, so Illinois can pay its bills on time, fund its pensions, and meet its other needs.


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