Illinois families and businesses need certainty when it comes to planning for their future, that's why I am reiterating my opposition to any attempt to amend the state Constitution to allow for a graduated income tax rate, which would be another tax increase on Illinois families.
I believe it’s important to assure taxpayers that there are lawmakers in Springfield fighting to keep their taxes as low and consistent as possible. The main problem with a graduated income tax is that it creates uncertainty. The Illinois House has advanced a graduated income tax proposal and is expected to continue efforts to submit this issue to the voters. I want people in my district to understand my view on this issue and to know that I am diametrically opposed to a graduated income tax. I want people in my district to understand my view on this issue and to know that I am diametrically opposed to a graduated income tax.
The Illinois Constitution requires a flat income tax, meaning all earners pay an equal percentage of their income to the state. A Constitutional amendment would be needed to allow for a graduated income tax. This would allow the state to set different rates for different levels of income.
At a time when we are seeing a dangerous trend of out-migration in Illinois, not just in terms of people leaving Illinois, but jobs and businesses as well, instituting a progressive tax would be the worst thing we could do. l'll keep bringing this issue up in Springfield and locally in my district as long as I have to. The state cannot keep raising people’s taxes while doing nothing to scale back spending.
Illinois is losing record amounts of income to other states in the last 5 years since the 32 percent income tax hike was implemented in 2011. More taxes means more loss of income in Illinois.
Currently, there are several proposed amendments to the Illinois Constitution making their way through the General Assembly that, if passed with a supermajority, would send the question to the ballot box for voters to decide.
As an example of the danger of a graduated tax system, Senate Republicans note the income levels and graduated rates seen in the state of California: $0 to $16,029 – 1 percent; $16,030 to $38,001 – 2 percent; 38,002 to $59,977 – 4 percent; $59,978 to $83,257 – 6 percent; $83,258 to $105,223 – 8 percent; $105,224 to $537,499 – 9.3 percent; $537,500 to $644,997 – 10.3 percent; $644,998 to $999,999 – 11.3 percent; 1,000,000 to $1,074,995 – 12.3 percent; and $1,074,996 or greater – 13.3 percent.