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    • House Democrats propose graduated income tax plan - Chicago Sun-Times April 16, 2016
      Chicago Sun-TimesHouse Democrats propose graduated income tax planChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, filed Friday — which will only work if Illinois voters approve a constitutional amendment to reform the tax code — most married taxpayers would pay 3.5 percent for income of $200,000 or less; 3.75 percent on income between $200 ...Is it time for a graduated […]
    • Illinois lawmakers must act on amendments this week - Quad City Times May 2, 2016
      Chicago TribuneIllinois lawmakers must act on amendments this weekQuad City TimesEmily Miller of Voices for Illinois Children, an advocacy group that's backing the amendment and a companion bill from Lang that would cut taxes for more than 99 percent of taxpayers while raising rates on the wealthiest Illinoisans, said she expects ...State constitutional […]
    • Graduated tax good idea for Illinois, experts say - Journal Gazette and Times-Courier May 2, 2016
      WUIS 91.9Graduated tax good idea for Illinois, experts sayJournal Gazette and Times-CourierLou Lang, D-Skokie, has proposed a new structure that would lower taxes for more than 99 percent of taxpayers while raising the rate on individual income of more than $1 million from 3.75 percent to 9.75 percent. The plan would bring in an additional ...Rauner: Graduat […]
    • Progressive Illinois income tax fairer to middle class - Chicago Sun-Times May 1, 2016
      Chicago Sun-TimesProgressive Illinois income tax fairer to middle classChicago Sun-TimesA bill introduced by state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, offers some specifics on that score. Lang would lower the current 3.75 percent flat rate to 3.5 percent for lower-income earners. He would raise the rate to 8.75 percent on the part of income over ...and more »
    • It's time for Illinois to graduate to a progressive income tax - Chicago Tribune April 28, 2016
      Chicago TribuneIt's time for Illinois to graduate to a progressive income taxChicago TribuneLou Lang of Skokie, is shown on the House floor in June 2015. Lang has sponsored a bill that would tax individuals with an annual income over $500,000 at 8.75 percent. (Justin L. Fowler, State Journal-Register). Eric ZornContact ReporterChange of Subject.April 28 […]
    • State constitutional amendments — including graduated tax and remap reform — face a deadline this week - Peoria Journal Star May 1, 2016
      State constitutional amendments — including graduated tax and remap reform — face a deadline this weekPeoria Journal StarLou Lang, D-Skokie, has introduced legislation that sets the rates that would go into effect under a graduated income tax. But first, the state constitution has to be amended to eliminate the provision that requires a flat income tax rate […]
    • Annual Heroin Crisis Forum Brings Out Overflow Crowd - 1340 WJOL May 1, 2016
      Annual Heroin Crisis Forum Brings Out Overflow Crowd1340 WJOLIllinois State Representative, Lou Lang highlighted the act's many facets; including the overdose reporting requirements, overdose prevention, school awareness, and prescribing requirements for the live-saving drug Naloxone. Lang also told 1340 WJOL ...
    • Rauner turns to privatization push during second year in office - Chicago Tribune April 30, 2016
      Chicago TribuneRauner turns to privatization push during second year in officeChicago TribuneLast month, Lang tried to dig into the not-for-profit's operations, organizing an oversight committee to question state officials about the arrangement. Schultz said the company's role would be limited to identifying opportunities and incentives and ...and […]
    • Heroin abuse summit draws hundreds from Will-DuPage area - Chicago Tribune April 29, 2016
      Chicago TribuneHeroin abuse summit draws hundreds from Will-DuPage areaChicago TribuneDurkin and Lang, during a news conference prior to the summit, noted a bipartisan effort led to creation of the act, following Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of Lang's original bill. Rauner had objected to having the state pay for Medicaid for those seeking ...Will Coun […]
    • Progressive-tax proposal would favor corporations over small businesses, give Illinois 2nd-highest small business ... - Illinois Policy April 22, 2016
      Illinois PolicyProgressive-tax proposal would favor corporations over small businesses, give Illinois 2nd-highest small business ...Illinois PolicyState Rep. Lou Lang's progressive-tax scheme would put successful small businesses in Illinois on the defensive, not just against small businesses in other states but also against corporate competitors in Ill […]
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Illinois Medicaid, Pension Costs Will Push Illinois Bill Backlog to $35 Billion in 5 Years

(Springfield, IL) – A new report released Monday from the Civic Federation, a Chicago-based nonpartisan policy group that focuses on state spending, predicts Illinois’ Medicaid costs will skyrocket over the next five years.

Laurence Msall, federation president, said lawmakers and governors have spent Illinois into a deep hole by expanding Medicaid, which provides health-care coverage to low-income families.

“What is most frightening is that even after the income tax, the state was not able to pass a budget to fully fund Medicaid,” Msall said, referring to a 67 percent personal income tax increase and a 48 percent corporate income tax increase in January 2011.

But even with that additional revenue, Illinois lawmakers still had to pay more than $1 billion in 2011 Medicaid bills.

The Civic Federation report paints a grim picture for Medicaid spending:

  • Illinois is on pace to spend a total of nearly $14 billion on Medicaid this year
  • Illinois’ Medicaid costs are expected to increase 41 percent over the next five years.
  • Gov. Pat Quinn is budgeting only a 13 percent spending increase.

Illinois will see as many as 296,000 new people enroll in Medicaid once the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect in 2014.

Under the new law, which is designed to make health care and insurance more accessible, the federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of new Medicaid patients for two years. After 2016, Illinois will have to pay 50 percent of the costs.

The Civic Federation report also details increases in pension spending from $5.7 billion this year to $7.8 billion in 2017, and unpaid bills from $8.6 billion this year to $34.5 billion in five years.

Msall added that Medicaid spending is the biggest single cost for state government. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services expects to spend a total of $14 billion on Medicaid this year, that includes both state and federal dollars.

The Civic Federation report calculates pension spending to rise 35 percent over five years, while Medicaid spending is expected to jump 41 percent.

By Benjamin Yount/Illinois Statehouse News

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