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Overdue budget cuts

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

As suspected, the temporary income tax increase that was supposed to get Illinois caught up on its bills doesn’t seem so temporary anymore.

Now legislators are crying that programs are going to be slashed, people are going to be laid off and services are going to be cut.

Since the temporary income tax increase was only supposed to get us caught up, how could this be? Was the money really used to expand state programs?

These cuts already should have happened if the state couldn’t afford them without the temporary income tax revenues. Saying they were temporary and then saying we need them is either fraud or mismanagement.

Perhaps the Legislature should be taken to court or even arrested.

Bob Mehl

Crystal Lake

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