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Letter: A continuation of current tax rates

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 10:29 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Illinois has overwhelming financial challenges. As we try to diagnose the problems, the immediate issue for the next month or so is what we are willing to do to save Illinois from financial collapse.

Therefore, on behalf of the entire Illinois hospital community, we pledge full support for maintaining our current tax rates to keep Illinois from falling into the financial abyss.

This issue is not just about hospitals. It’s also about roads, schools and public safety. Without the continuation of current tax revenues, these areas will be subject to severe cuts in funding. We all have witnessed first-hand the needed improvements in these areas. We have much work to do to improve the lives of all Illinoisans, which calls for stable, predictable state funding.

Deciding to support a continuation of current tax rates is difficult. But taking the easy way out today will only make tomorrow’s problems worse. We need to keep our promises to Illinoisans to keep our state safe, well-educated and healthy.

There is no silver bullet. It takes tough decisions and sacrifice. That’s why the Illinois hospital community supports taking this action. Now is the time for political courage and statesmanship – making tough decisions for tough times.

We ask Illinois state lawmakers to vote “yes” to enact a fiscal 2015 state budget that maintains current tax rates. Our future depends on it.

Maryjane A. Wurth

President and CEO of the Illinois

Hospital Association

Kevin Poorten

Chair of the IHA Board of Trustees

and president and CEO of KishHealth System

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