Thursday, June 3, 2010

Lawmakers failing to make education funding choices

The general consensus is economically struggling school districts have three options: raise taxes, reduce expenditures and/or borrow money.

Illinois only has one option, according to many outside the Statehouse: raise revenues, specifically income taxes.

"They can dance around all they want, but they've got to," said Bill Phillips, an education finance professor at the University of Illinois Springfield. Phillips, also an education lobbyist and consultant, suspects that will happen after the November elections.

Phillips comments were featured in a June 2, 2010, article in the Peoria Journal Star.

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