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Local lawmakers react the State of the State Address

Posted by wlpo on February 1, 2012

Removing the sales tax on natural gas would be a good excuse to take longer hot showers, but it could cost the state millions of dollars.

Governor Pat Quinn, a democrat, Wednesday proposed removing that tax during his State of the State address.

The natural gas tax idea took Democratic State Representative Frank Mautino by surprise.  He says the tax brings in $164 million to the general fund.

Otherwise, Mautino says the speech was pretty much what he expected.

Republican State Senator Sue Rezin isn’t as confident in the state’s business climate as the governor.

Rezin, who’s district includes La Salle, Peru and Ottawa, says all outside experts who look at numbers and public policy say we are about to head off a cliff and she doesn’t think the state understands that.

Rezin says the address was short on details, but she supports Quinn’s efforts to help veteran’s find jobs.

Quinn will give a budget address on February 22.

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