Assistant House Minority Leader Norine K. Hammond (R-Macomb) held a press conference on Wednesday with her fellow Illinois House Republicans announcing their filing of House Resolution 153. The Resolution states their united opposition to Governor Pritzker’s plan to raise taxes on working families and small businesses through the implementation of a graduated income tax – an “Unfair Tax.”
Representative Hammond is co-sponsoring HR 153 and believes Pritzker’s Unfair Tax will drive families and jobs out of Illinois.
“Touted as a “fair tax” by Gov. Pritzker and others in the Democratic Majority, this proposed tax will give a blank check to the same politicians who have made a mess of the state’s finances. Illinois already has one of the highest tax burdens of any state in the country. With property tax burdens and combined State and local sales taxes, we are at the top of nearly every list,” said Rep. Hammond. She added, “House Republicans stand united in our opposition to this newest tax proposal.”
In his Budget Address last week, Governor Pritzker called for the passage of a progressive income tax to fund state government and help pay down Illinois’ $130 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. The Governor did not provide details on what the tax rates and tax brackets would look like but a bill to enact a graduated tax hike was already filed and if we look at the numbers from that model we find that middle-class families would see a dramatic increase.
Last year, a House Democrat sponsored House Bill 3522, which sought to impose a graduated income tax. Under this plan, the non-partisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability revealed that 77% of Illinois taxpayers would see an increase in their income tax liability for a total of over $5.2 Billion in new taxes.
Rep. Hammond re-iterated, “We can’t be fooled by the title of a “fair tax” and the future flashy ads promoting this proposal that Pritzker wants passed by the end of session. While it may appear to provide equity, the progressive income tax punishes hard-working middle-class families and small businesses that make up the majority of the tax base. There is nothing fair in making average Illinoisans pay for the shortcomings of the Democrat-controlled legislature that has created a tax-and-spend paradigm that is unsustainable.”