Senator Bill Brady Denies "Secret Plans"

By WEEK Reporter

September 24, 2010 Updated Sep 24, 2010 at 10:12 PM CDT

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Senator Bill Brady is denying that there's any "secret plan" for hiking taxes if he gets elected.

At a 50-dollar-a-plate fundraiser in Mackinaw Friday night, Brady reiterated that he wants to cut ten cents on the dollar from the state's budget and bring in auditors to find waste in the state's spending.

But, former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar says he doesn't believe Brady's ten percent cut in the budget will be sufficient and is being quoted as calling on Brady to "be flexible" on the question of increasing taxes.

Brady says he has no "secret plans" for taxes if he wins the election and says it's Governor Pat Quinn who has been keeping secrets, stating that "anyone that shouldn't talk about secret programs I think is Governor Quinn. He's got a secret budget. He's got a secret early release program. He's got secret tax increases. Secret pay hikes. The people are tired of the secrecy of the Quinn administration."

Meanwhile, Brady got the endorsement of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney on Friday.

Romney was in Chicago to stump for GOP candidates including Congressman Aaron Schock and Mark Kirk, as well as Brady.

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