Some Illinois Democratic lawmakers reluctant to vote to make tax increases permanent are splitting with party leaders and calling for alternative approaches such as gradually reducing income tax rates or finding spending cuts to help balance the budget.
But Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and House Speaker Michael Madigan are unwilling so far to look at those options, despite being what Madigan described as “significantly” short of the number of votes needed for approval of the tax increases in the House.
The intraparty disagreement is playing out with less than two weeks to go in the spring legislative session, and with lawmakers still needing to approve a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. That is frustrating several lawmakers – including some who are fighting to hold on to their seats in November – who expressed their concerns during an at-times contentious meeting with Quinn Monday, and again on Tuesday.