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Progressive Income Tax

The progressive income tax would result in a tax hike for all Illinoisans earning over $18,000.

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Permanent Income Tax Hike

By law, the historically large income tax hike of 2011 is supposed to partially sunset in 2015. But leaders in Springfield want to use another lame duck Legislature to make that tax hike permanent.

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Pension Reform

Lawmakers should support shifting public employees to a defined contribution, 401(k)-style retirement plan, like what is seen in the private sector. It is time to move beyond the outdated defined benefit structure for Illinois' public employee pensions.

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Balanced Budget and Spending Caps

It may not seem like it, but lawmakers are required by the Illinois Constitution to pass a balanced budget each year. But this constitutional requirement is filled with loopholes, and these loopholes must be closed in order to return Illinois to sound fiscal footing and sunset the 2011 tax hike after the next fiscal year like Illinois taxpayers were promised.

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