- Associated Press - Monday, October 20, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) are debating whether to keep Illinois’ income tax increase in place.

The tax increase Democrats approved in 2011 is set to drop from 5 percent to 3.75 percent on Jan. 1.

Quinn wants to make the current rate permanent. He says it’s necessary to avoid “savage” cuts to schools.

Rauner wants to reduce the tax rate from 5 percent to 3 percent within four years.

He says Quinn is using “scare tactics” about his budget plan.

Quinn also ripped Rauner for proposing a tax on some services, such as trash collection and advertising.

The governor has dubbed it “the Rauner tax,” and says it will disproportionately hurt middle class people. Rauner says Illinois needs to widen its tax base.

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