SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — As Illinois stumbles toward three possible tax increases, a union-backed tax group says any one would be better for small businesses than a tax cut.

“It matters, particularly for small businesses, to invest in education,” said Ralph Martire, who heads the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. “Small businesses hire primarily from the local labor market. They need their local schools to produce quality workers with literacy and numeracy skills.”

Martie says Illinois cannot pay more for education if the state rolls back the 2011 “temporary” tax.