Lawmakers to focus on fair tax after recess

Capitol Connection

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA)–Lawmakers are already looking forward to changes that could be coming for taxpayers starting next year if Governor Pritzker has his way.

Heading into their two week recess, lawmakers are on divided on what the governor said would be a fair tax for Illinois. Some lawmakers saying for most people, the policy would  not be fair at all.

Some lawmakers said imposing a graduated income tax would be detrimental to the state.

“It’s really having an open checkbook for those in illinois government to spend more money,” said Normal republican Representative Dan Brady.

The new income tax would come as an amendment to the revenue article in the state constitution. The amendment is working its way through the Senate.

“The governor has been a great partner with us on this, it is moving through the Senate right now. It came out of committee. When we come back from our recess, i’m looking forward to calling it in the senate and sending it over to the house,” said Oak Park democrat Senator Don Harmon.

House Republicans say not so fast. “They say 97 percent will get a tax cut and at the end of the day, most of those tax cuts would be $50 here and there and it doesn’t really amount to a whole lot. The concern is that we would be pushing out a lot the people that generally are paying the majority of our taxes. We’re encouraging them to go somewhere else<” said Jacksonville republican Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer.
Those opposed to the amendment say they will use their time off to educate voters in their district.

“Constituents don’t understand, this is going to be a constitutional amendment they will actually have the right to vote on. In order to have the right to vote on that actual proposal, I think it’s incumbent upon us in the legislature to make sure we explain the plan,” said Representative Brady.

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