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posted: 4/7/2014 5:01 AM

Governor's tax plan punishes wrong people

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When Gov. Pat Quinn and his lawmakers in 2011 raised the state income tax to 5 percent, he promised that it would be temporary. Now that he and his cronies face tough re-election campaigns he has changed his mind. He wants to make the tax permanent instead of rolling it back to 3.75 percent as promised.

The governor is pitching the program as a facade, trying to convince homeowners that if they pay less that $10,000 in real estate taxes they will receive an annual credit of up to $500. He does not tell them that the 5 percent tax will be forever. What about those folks who pay $10,001 -- why are they being punished? I guess it's because they pay at least one dollar more in real estate taxes.

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The governor and his lawmakers should reward the people who pay the high taxes; these are the people who are losing their homes because the cannot afford the taxes. And what about the renters -- what compensation will they receive?

The governor lied to the people of Illinois before, let's get him out of Springfield before he does it again.

Silvio Pontarelli

Mount Prospect

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