020514 CM 0496csSPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn outlined his 2015 budget to lawmakers Wednesday. In it he called for extending the current 5 percent income tax rate that was set to expire next year.

State Senator William Haine (D-Alton) reacted to his proposals.

“The governor outlined a grim financial reality. We need a responsible answer to avoid firing police, closing jails and releasing inmates, but we shouldn’t blindly react and immediately turn to a tax increase as the solution,” Haine said.

“When people talk about billions of dollars, it’s easy for the conversation to become abstract. As lawmakers, we need to always remember how real and absolute the impact of this budget will be on everyday people’s lives,” Haine said.

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