SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)–Republican lawmakers want to let voters weigh in on whether to make Illinois’ temporary income tax increase permanent.
Several House and Senate Republicans introduced legislation Tuesday to put a non-binding question about the tax hike on the November ballot.
The 5 percent individual income tax rate is scheduled to drop to 3.75 percent in January, reducing revenue by about $1.8 billion next year.
Gov. Pat Quinn and Democratic leaders say extending the increase is necessary to avoid huge cuts to schools and other areas.
Sen. Pamela Althoff is a McHenry Republican. She says voters in her district oppose keeping the tax hike in place.
She says: “If the Democrats need more convincing, we will give them the vehicle to hear from the voters loud and clear.”