Quinn campaign releases concerns over Rauner tax reduction plans


Lt. Gubernatorial candidate Paul Vallas held a press conference detailing the effects of Rauner’s budget cuts. Vallas highlighted cuts that would be made to Champaign area schools.

Lt. Gubernatorial candidate Paul Vallas held a press conference in Champaign on Wednesday afternoon detailing a new fiscal data analysis compiled by the Quinn campaign. This analysis highlights the potential effects of each candidate’s tax programs on public education funding. 

The data compares Gov. Pat Quinn’s tax plan to that of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.

According to Rauner’s tax plan, he will lower the state income tax rate from 5 percent to 3 percent. 

Estimations made by the Quinn campaign state that Vallas believes this tax rate reduction will cut the general funds by $8 billion, half of which would come from public school funding. 

Spokesman for the Rauner campaign Mike Schrimpf said in an email that Rauner’s plans to lower taxes will not take away from education as a top priority. 

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    “The truth is Pat Quinn raised taxes by 67 percent and still gutted education spending by $500 million,” Schrimpf said. “Unlike Pat Quinn whose education cuts led to teacher layoffs and larger class sizes, Bruce will make education a top priority and fully fund our schools.”

    However, Vallas said the Quinn campaign is concerned that lowering the income tax rate could potentially leave one in six teachers out of a job. 

    “The bottom line is you can’t cut funding for education, not just elementary and secondary (education), but community colleges and universities, by 50 percent and not expect the educational system — the public school system in this state to be devastated,” Vallas said. “That’s not how you invest in Illinois’ future. That’s not how you create an environment conducive to job creation and job expansion.” 

    Recently, Gov. Quinn proposed a five-year budget plan to invest $6 billion in elementary and secondary education, a preschool program and a universal job training program to get workers in the state of Illinois trained and retrained.

    Schrimpf said Rauner also put forward a jobs and growth plan, one that he says “will help Illinois recover from years of failed leadership and higher taxes under Pat Quinn.” 

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