Pritzker Budget Increase Tied To Income-Tax Overhaul

Associated Press
February 19, 2020 - 6:35 pm

Springfield, Illinois.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. J.B. Pritzker is proposing a $40.7 billion state budget. He dressed it up Wednesday by dangling the prospect of a $1.4 billion revenue boost if voters approve a radical income-tax overhaul this fall. 

The second-year Democrat presented a fiscal outline with virtually no spending increase. It purports to boost spending in key areas such as education. But Pritzker is holding $1.4 billion "in reserve," to be used only if a graduated income tax is OK'd.

Republicans complained Pritzker is holding the tax question over taxpayers' heads to secure the additional spending. 

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