ROCKFORD - Departing from a typical Republican message of depending on budget cutting and government shrinking to get Illinois back towards fiscal solvency, State Treasurer and GOP gubernatorial primary candidate Dan Rutherford said Thursday in Rockford that the state's financial condition is in such a mess, he's open to a way to "generate revenue."
He said he'd rather not see the 2011 state income tax hike stay in place, but that's not likely to happen:
"So I don't want it to stay, but realistically, there may need to be a discussion of some form of revenue in the position to put Illinois back into a financially solvent situation,” said Rutherford (R).
“But I''ll tell you what, I will not sign any bill into law that will generate revenue that does not fit into a comprehensive package for the financial situation of our state."
Generally, when politicians say the state needs to "generate revenue" - they mean raise taxes. More on Rutherford's comments on MyStateline.org HERE.