Rep. Spain fears that graduated income-tax system will only drive more residents out of Illinois
With Illinois leading the nation in population loss, Gov. J.B. Pritzker's graduated income tax proposal will only drive more people out of the state, Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) said on the House floor during Monday's session.
Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 1 passed the House on Monday with 73 Yes votes and 44 No votes. It will now be on the November 2020 ballot for Illinois voters to decide. Every single Republican voted No on the bill.
Many businesses and individuals have spoken out about their disapproval of a graduated income tax structure. Critics like Spain suggest that because rates are not nailed down in the amendment that it will eventually be a tax on the middle class.
"This is a blank check for poor spending and giving more power to the already most powerful in the state," Spain said.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been adamant about his preference for a "fair tax" since running for governor last year.