Jennifer Holuj of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability said the $1.2 billion in cuts Gov.
"It is completely unacceptable for Illinois to balance its budget on the backs of those in need," Holuj
said local service organizations would join the Emergency Campaign
for a Fair Budget, a 150-member organization demanding state legislators not adopt budget cuts without considering alternatives.
suggested alternatives to making budget cuts, including a tobacco and gambling tax.She
said increasing taxes on riverboat casinos would generate $180 million in new revenue and increasing cigarette taxes would generate $357 million.She
also said using the Illinois Rainy Day Fund
- set aside for financial emergencies - would provide $226 million in funds.
"This fund is supposed to be used for a rainy day, and it is pouring right now," Holuj
added Ryan said he
would be willing to sign bills approving the alternatives if state legislators supported them. Holuj said citizens concerned about the potential budget cuts should contact their state representative.
"This affects everyone," she
said."No one is immune."
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