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Tax Hike Drives Growth in Budget

 The just-expired Illinois budget got a billion dollar shot in the arm from the recently approved tax increase. And at least one lawmaker says that's not a good sign.

The June report from the legislature's Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability shows a $1.1 billion dollar jump between the 2010 and 2011 budget. Most of that, $547 million dollars come from personal income taxes. But the that jump is exactly the same as the recent tax hike according Rockford Republican Dave Syverson.

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Syverson says it would be better if Illinois was collecting more because of higher salaries or new jobs, not just higher taxes.

Kelly Kraft with Governor Pat Quinn's budget office says the state is adding jobs, and hope for more growth this year.

Syverson says unless Illinois hit a huge growth spurt, the promised temporary income tax increase will never be allowed to expire.

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