Messy Clean-Up: Gov. Quinn’s First 12 Weeks

April 27th, 2009

Jerry Stermer

WNUA Broadcast Date: 4/24/09

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Is political transparency and budget reform possible in Illinois?
In the wake of former governor Rod Blagojevich’s scandal-plagued legacy – and George Ryan’s for that matter – newly installed Governor Pat Quinn advocates open and honest government and fiscal responsibility.
In the midst of a recession-plagued economy, the governor’s recent budget proposal includes a back-to-school sales tax holiday for parents, limits on campaign contributions and a job plan to put Illinoisans back to work.
But Governor Quinn also wants to raise our income tax 50 percent – which brings the current 3 percent income tax to 4.5 percent. He proposes to off-set the increase by hiking the personal exemption from $2,000 to $6,000.
Critics say Quinn’s plan won’t resolve the state’s deepening financial problems and that his talk of government transparency is just that – all talk and no action.This morning on “City Voices” we’ll talk about Governor Quinn’s budget proposal with his chief-of-staff, Jerry Stermer.

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