Topinka: Why Didn’t State Lawmakers Make Cuts?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM) — The state’s new comptroller is incredulous that Illinois lawmakers would impose a whopping increase on taxpayers without passing a single budget cut.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, the former state treasurer and 2006 Republican gubernatorial candidate, says state lawmakers didn’t even bother to make easy, painless budget cuts.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports

“We’ve offered just right off – Treasurer (Dan) Rutherford and I – said, ‘Look, get a constitutional amendment up on the next ballot that combines the two offices of treasurer and comptroller. You will save $12 million a year, and nobody is going to be hurt by this or feel any pain from it. It’s low-hanging fruit,” Topinka said. “We get no response.”

Topinka says she can identify at least $1 billion in painless budget cuts – eliminating duplication, anachronisms and padding that no one would ever miss.

The state Senate voted early Wednesday morning to approve a 66 percent hike in the personal income tax, raising the rate from 3 to 5 percent. The state House had approved the legislation Tuesday evening.

Gov. Pat Quinn must now sign the bill into law.

  • schultz

    yea for Judy, too bad she wasn’t our Gov.

  • tony

    Becuae it’s easier to raise taxes then give up perks, make cut that may affect thier friends

  • fitz

    Isn’t it nice the way everyone in Springfield works together for the citizens of Illinois?!

  • stupid taxpayer

    you fools…don’t you get it..!! both Illinois Senate & house never worked
    this hard to approve any measures …within 36 hours for inauguration(spell-check)
    …..kudos….our tax-dollars hard at work…keep on voting the way you have

  • stupid taxpayer

    make me want to become republican….
    instead of cutting spending & pork…or reforming pension system….it’s so easy
    break backs of taxpayers

  • J Moreno

    It’s time to vote every single pompus idiot out of office. They are spoiled rotten eggs that will continue to eat into our pockets while they enjoy the best life can offer with our money!

  • bruce mcmahon

    Governor pledges will veto any tax increase over 1% lies to get elected. Goes back on pledge less than 1 week after taking office. Goverrnor is not the honesty and integrity he said he is when he took offfice. Wouldn’t shake this liar’s hand. They don’t either bother to cut spending, 4 billion spent on illegal immigrants in this state. Why? I’m moving to another state since all the good jobs will be moving too. Hopefully, I will get a job with these old illinois companies in the new state I move to. State will stay broke due to only woriking on the symptom of the problem rather the root cause which is spending beyond their means. They will make this a permanent tax increase and forget about 2% promise not to increase spending. This governor is no better than the last two. I would rather have blogo back since he was trying to cut the budget. That is probably why they got rid of him. I can only hope blogo will spill the beans on all of them.

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