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Others should follow Franks

Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The May 4 editorial correctly criticized Gov. Pat Quinn’s efforts to make the temporary income tax increase permanent.

Quinn promised the tax hike would expire at the end of this year, but now he wants to extend the tax rates to fund a broken system.

Your editorial also correctly highlighted Quinn’s ideas to further raise taxes on working class Illinoisans via a new progressive income tax and an idea to tax millionaires as ill conceived. Both tax increases would stifle our recovery, impede economic growth and make Illinois a less attractive place for businesses to locate.

State Rep. Jack Franks courageously stood up against his own party leadership and told them he would not support these tax increases. Since Quinn needed all 71 Democratic members of the House to vote for his tax hikes, Franks’ principled stand helped killed both measures.

I will continue to support Rep. Franks because he always fights for the taxpayer. Other legislators should follow his leadership, courage and independence.

Dorene Job

Crystal Lake

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