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Governor Quinn Proposes One Percent Tax Increase to Cover Education

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Governor Quinn Proposes One Percent Tax Increase to Cover Education

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Gov. Pat Quinn is urging lawmakers to raise income taxes to avoid deep cuts in spending on schools and colleges. Quinn proposed an increase of one percentage point during a brief budget speech to the General Assembly on Wednesday. The Democratic governor did not say how much money the increase would raise or what he means by a tax “surcharge.” But he says the increase would be enough to avoid the $1.3 billion in education cuts that his budget calls for.

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