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Letters to the Editor

Let 'temporary' income tax hike roll back Jan. 1

Gov. Pat Quinn, Speaker Michael Madigan, and the Democrats in the state Legislature want to raise the minimum wage, an obvious campaign ploy for the working people's vote. 

Ask yourselves, Is this good public policy when unemployment remains high? The stats indicate unemployment has not decreased. What has the governor done about jobs?

We know businesses continue to move out of this state. Do you think employers are going to expand employment, or pick up and go, if the Legislature passes the minimum wage?

That’s not all. Quinn, in his annual budget address, said he wants to make the 67 percent income tax increase permanent.

The Senate president and Speaker Madigan immediately endorsed the idea. That’s the Democratic Party leadership for you.

Where has the $5.4 billion raised by the increase gone? The taxpayers have not approved this other theft by outright deceit, the permanent extension of the 67 percent “temporary tax hike” making it a permanent increase.

Already, these same Democrats proposed spending some of it on a presidential library for Obama. Let him raise his own money for the library. Nixon did. If not, let it go to New York. They have Grant’s tomb and an excellent equestrian statue of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

Quinn inserted new spending in his proposed budget. Spend, spend, spend. Writing checks for the Illinois taxpayers to cover.

Let the [5 percent] “temporary tax” roll back to 3.75 percent on Jan. 1. Tell those Democrats you do not believe in Halloween and their doomsday scenarios.

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