White: Some Driver’s License Facilities To Close If Income Tax Increase Expires

jesse whiteIllinois Secretary of State Jesse White says allowing the temporary income tax increase to expire would result in big cuts for his office. That would include shutting over 20 driver’s license facilities and laying off 200 workers. White says his office was barely getting by before the income tax hike was put into place in 2011.

White did not identity which driver’s license facilities are under consideration for closure if the temporary income tax expires. He says closures and layoffs would lead to longer waits to renew driver’s licenses and license plate stickers, while rural customers may be forced to travel much farther to get to a facility. If the tax hike is made permanent, White says his office’s budget request would remain flat.