* Champaign News-Gazette…
Gov. Pat Quinn indicated Saturday that he’s open to negotiating Illinois’ income-tax rate and might accept something less than the 5 percent individual tax rate he’s been campaigning for all spring. […]
“We’re working on a budget that’s balanced, that pays the bills, that pays for the things we want to do as a state, that helps our families. We can negotiate that. That’s part of political life,” he said. “But we’ve got to make sure that we have adequate revenue to pay for the programs that are vital to everyday people and their schools, and making sure that we take good care of people’s safety.”
Asked whether extending the current 5 percent income-tax rate is dead, Quinn said, “No, I think we have to work hard on getting the job done in a balanced way. Revenue has to equal expenditures.”
If that change gets them to 60 House votes, then maybe they should try. I’m just not sure it gets them to 60.