Hatcher helps defeat proposed income tax increase
By Elburn Herald
on June 5, 2009
STATEâ€”State Rep. Kay Hatcher (R-Yorkville) on Sunday voted â€œNoâ€ to plans to increase state income taxes by 50 percent.
Hatcher (R-Yorkville), the state representative from the 50th Districtâ€”which includes the Elburn Herald coverage areaâ€” stressed that in tough economic times, state government needs to live within its means.
â€œFamilies in our area are struggling,â€ Hatcher said. â€œThey have been forced to tighten their belts to make ends meet. Government must do the same.â€
Hatcher said a 50 percent state tax increase proposed would also impact businesses who have already been forced to cut jobs to keep afloat.
â€œOur state unemployment rate hit 9.4 percent in April,â€ she said. â€œWe now have 620,000 people out of work. How could we even think about increasing taxes on families and businesses already hard-hit by our slumping economy to bail out a state government that has not spent our tax dollars wisely?â€
Governor Quinn’s proposed income tax increase failed in the Illinois House on Sunday in a vote of 42 â€œyes,â€ 74 â€œnoâ€ and two â€œpresentâ€.