Illinois House Republicans Kill Progressive Income Tax Proposal
A group of 50 House Republicans have joined in opposition to a new progressive income tax in Illinois that was advertised as “taxing the rich” but was actually a tax increase for the majority of Illinois taxpayers.
Here is the original story as reported by Illinois News Network:
The battle over changing the state constitution to allow a progressive income tax rather than a flat one may be dead on arrival, for now.
House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, announced Tuesday that 50 of his members are on board with a resolution opposing a tiered income tax structure. Durkin stood alongside several other Republicans in Springfield Tuesday afternoon, saying that with Illinois’ high property taxes and tough business environment, Illinois’ constitutionally mandated flat tax is one of the only good things the state has going.
He said he’s confident that House Republican opposition to tiered rates will persist.
“Our members feel very strongly about this,” Durkin said. “So I don’t believe anyone who’s added their name to this resolution would change their mind down the road on this.”
“I’M GOING TO SPRINGFIELD TO DEFEND OUR HOMES, REPRESENT THE PEOPLE’S INTERESTS AND STOP THE RAISING OF PROPERTY TAXES.”