Question of the day
Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 - Posted by Rich Miller
* From a press release…
Today, Gov. Quinn reportedly told the Daily Herald editorial board that he “never promised that the income tax hike would be temporary.” But video of a 2011 press conference shows otherwise: Gov. Quinn referred to the tax hike as “temporary” no less than three times.
“Gov. Quinn is clearly trying to rewrite history. The facts and his own words portray a different story,” said Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider. “If he’s willing to be this bold in twisting his own words, why would we trust anything he says?”
* The press release is based on this Tweet…
* Back to the press release…
* “I want to point out that the, I guess, one point of the income tax, one percent, is temporary for four years. It will fall to 3.75% at the end of that time.” - Gov. Pat Quinn post tax hike press conference, January 12, 2011 – Video from Rich Miller/Blueroomstream – quote at 12:25
* “Well, the concept here is this is a temporary income tax to deal with the immediate fiscal emergency our state faces; to pay the bills so we don’t have severe cutbacks in education, health care, public safety, important things that are absolutely vital to the lives of the citizens,” Quinn added. - CBS Chicago, January 12, 2011 - Quinn defends income tax hike
* “We have some temporary tax increases that are designed to pay our bills, get Illinois back on fiscal sound footing and make sure that our state has a strong economy.” —Gov. Pat Quinn post tax hike press conference, January 12, 2011 – Video from Rich Miller/Blueroomstream – quote at 4:00
That CBS2 quote is at about the 14:00 mark of the “Rich Miller/Blueroomstream” video. He again references the phase-out at about the 26:00 mark.
* But at about the 15:00 mark, Quinn was asked: “Four years from now, do you support making this five percent tax increase permanent?” His response…
“We’ll deal with one day at a time, one week, one month, one year at a time.”
* The Question: Fair hit by the IRP or not? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please.
[Oops. Had to change the answers. Sorry about that. Yes and No didn’t track with the question.]