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Local state Republicans speak out against progressive income tax

State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, and her fellow state Republicans are speaking out against Gov. J.B. Pritzker's plan for a graduated state income tax.
State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, and her fellow state Republicans are speaking out against Gov. J.B. Pritzker's plan for a graduated state income tax.

Local Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly are speaking out against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to amend the state Constitution to allow a graduated state income tax.

State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, talked about her opposition to the proposal last week during a Senate Executive Committee hearing.

“The graduated income tax proposal puts middle-income families at risk and fails to offer any sort of protection against future tax increases,” Rezin said in a statement. “The proposed rates that have been floated around may make up the budget deficit for now, but what happens when we continue to increase our spending, like we have done year after year?

“Someone will have to make up that money, and that will more than likely be the middle class. The high income tax rates will gradually creep downward, and no longer will it only be the ‘rich’ paying, it’ll be the middle class.”

State Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, already voiced his opposition to the plan, saying it “just gives [the Democrats] more money to spend without actually fixing what got us here in the first place.”

State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena, will host a town hall meeting about the progressive income tax proposal later this month.

The town hall will be from 6 to
7:30 p.m. April 25 at the Frankfort Township building, 11000 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort.

According to McDermed’s website, she will be joined by state
Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst, R-Kankakee, and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs.

The nonprofit Americans for Prosperity also will be at the event to present a recent history of Illinois’ income tax.

Pritzker rolled out his plan for a graduated state income tax last month. His proposed brackets would start at 4.75% for earnings up to $10,000 and levy a top rate of 7.95% on incomes of $1 million or more.

Pritzker also spoke of what his office calls a “fair tax calculator,” where Illinois residents can input their information to see how much they would pay under his proposal.

Pritzker has argued that taxes for 97% of Illinois taxpayers would stay the same or decrease slightly under his plan.

The Illinois Constitution requires a flat income tax, which currently is 4.95% after being raised from 3.75% in 2017.

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