McCann says yesterday’s budget address was the governor’s last chance to lay out a budget in which he could lay out a plan that would allow for the repeal of the income tax increase.
"Here we are, two years later, after they stood up on these House and Senate floors and said 'If you give us the income tax increase we will work on reigning in spending and we will pay the past due bills'," says McCann. "Past due bills are up by 20 percent and spending is up by 5 percent. They did not make good on either one of those promises."
McCann says the state spends too much money on social programs, and makes too many promises it can't keep.
Lower income tax rates could take about $7 billion out of the state's bank account, but McCann says he has a way to replenish the cash.
“There should be term limits - or time limits - as to how long you are on an entitlement program," says McCann. "I am for a social safety net, but I believe that social safety net should look more like a trampoline than a hammock."
In his budget address, Governor Quinn said the state will have about $35.6 billion to spend, but state reps think it'll be about half-a-billion less than that. They say the final budget will probably fall under Quinn's projected amount.
Lawmakers will have the final say on how the state uses the money next year. They start work on approving the budget now.
MetroSource News Network contributed to this story.