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Republican Murphy: Budgeting a new direction for Illinois

Apr 12, 2015

Editor’s Note: As Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield to dig into our fiscal crisis, we invited a Democratic senator and a Republican senator to share their views on the budgeting challenges. Read Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski’s post here.

Big vision, new budgeting outlook for Illinois

We often hear from those in Springfield that Illinois government has a ‘structural deficit’ in its budget. The implication is that state government spending growth is almost on autopilot and our only option is to pay more in taxes. Remember, though, the ‘just pay more’ approach was tried, with the 67% tax increase of…

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