Dems Move for Immediate Action on Progressive Income Tax Constitutional Amendment, Waiver of Six-Day Notice Rule

From Illinois News Network:

Democrats make final push on progressive tax before talks start

The proposed amendment to change Illinois’ constitution from a flat income tax to one with higher rates for higher earners will get a last-minute hearing Wednesday in Springfield.

House Republicans said they are ready for the fight.

On Tuesday, state Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, requested the six-day posting requirements to hold a committee hearing be waived. He asked for his Senate Joint Constitutional Amendment No. 1, which includes language to change the state’s flat tax to a tax structure that levies higher rates on higher incomes, to be heard in the Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday.

Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, said he opposes the measure. However, he expects Democrats will get it out of the Senate and over to the House, where Democrats might not have enough votes to pass the question on to voters. Brady said House Democrats who are on the fence should listen to their constituents.

“Their constituents want constitutional protection against overzealous taxing governments,” Brady said. “We have that now [with the flat income tax]. This [proposed progressive income tax] eliminates that.”

State Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, objected.

“What’s at issue here is a substantive amendment to the Illinois constitution that will affect the finances and taxes of millions of Illinoisans,” Righter said. “At the very least, the six days notice required is appropriate for this body … to have a conversation about the contents of the amendment and the effects it might have on our constituents.”

Despite the objection, the Democratic supermajority bypassed the six-day posting requirement to announce a hearing and will debate and likely pass the proposed amendment out of committee.

“This is a procedural issue, not a substantive issue,” Harmon said. “I cannot imagine that anyone is surprised that we are advancing the fair tax.”

He said the issue has been talked about for months, if not years, at the capitol.


Dems Move for Immediate Action on Progressive Income Tax Constitutional Amendment, Waiver of Six-Day Notice Rule — 5 Comments

  1. Brady as Republican Minority leader, is the worst Make-A-Wish Foundation story ever.

  2. Why can’t they wait six days when it wouldn’t even be voted on by voters for another 18 months? 🤔

  3. And the deadline for putting Constitutional Amendments on the ballot is next spring.

  4. 101st Illinois General Assembly

    Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment No. 1


    April 9, 2019

    36 Yeas, 15 Nays, 0 Present, 8 Not Voting (did not vote)

    Votes by State Senators whose district falls at least partially in McHenry County:

    Republican Dan McConchie, 26th District, Lake Zurich office – Nay

    Republican Craig Wilcox, 32nd District, McHenry office – Nay

    Republican Don DeWitte, 33rd District, West Dundee office – Not Voting (did not vote)


    Bill Status

  5. The term “fair tax” in the state of Illinois is oxymoronic.

    People that work and have earned income in this state are not so much constituents anymore, more like cows getting milked dry.

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