WTVO/WQRF - It's one of the big questions of the next legislative session: should Illinois make the temporary income tax permanent?
Democratic leaders have even reached out to republicans for a consensus on the issue. But, will the republican candidates for Governor go along? Matt Rodewald reports.
Candidate Dan Rutherford made his position clear on the issue. "I don't want it to stay. I don't want it to stay."
It's a passionate issue for Rutherford, but it's obvious that the GOP candidates for Governor all want to do one thing with the temporary income tax.
Bruce Rauner says "we should have that roll back". Sen. Kirk Dillard agrees. "We must, must roll back the income tax increase that the democrats rammed through at the last minute.
Dillard made that comment here in Rockford in September. His tone hasn't changed in nearly six months on the campaign trail. "We are overtaxed and no state has taxed its way to prosperity."
Sen. Bill Brady says taxes are hurting the state. "We're in the dark ages when it comes to taxation" says Brady. "This is driving people out of Illinois and taking capital investment out of Illinois."
Rolling it back or not, the candidates agree that a tax restructure is in order.
"Let's cut the sales tax on gas and put a $500 million back in the pockets of small business owners" says Dillard.
"The only real answer is to become an aggressive growth state again" says Rauner. "Rather than being in this long slow decline Illinois has entered in the last 15 years."
"Bottom line is, I may need to have some revenue as part of the mix to financially resolve Illinois" says Rutherford.