Illinois Tax Plan

\SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Governor Rod Blagojevich is getting a second chance to sell his plan for a seven-point-six billion dollar tax increase to support schools and health care.

The entire Illinois House is meeting for an all-day hearing on the plan today.

A spokeswoman says the Chicago Democrat today will drive home his message that the tax plan is the only way Illinois can get the money to address long-ignored needs.

The plan has received a cool reception since Blagojevich unveiled it in his March budget address.

Business groups predict it would force them to raise prices or cut jobs. Some advocates for the poor argue it'd be a bigger burden to the needy than the rich.

A vote on the proposal isn't scheduled.


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