Pritzker's graduated tax proposal 'not good public policy nor good economics,' Rep. Bailey says
A Clay County Republican in Illinois' state House said recently that he's already hearing from constituents about just how hard the graduated-rate state income tax proposal now being considered in that chamber will hit them.
"This proposed change from a fair, flat rate to an unknown, unfair system that can change at the political whims of the majority party is not good public policy nor good economics," Illinois state House Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Louisville) said in a recent press release. "I am already hearing from people in my district about the negative impact of higher taxes on working families and businesses. The millionaires and billionaires like Gov. Pritzker can pick up and leave Illinois at any time or hide their money in off-shore accounts to avoid paying taxes, but those struggling families, farmers and small businesses will be left holding the bills . . . again."
On May 1, Democrats in the state Senate used their supermajority to gain passage of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's graduated-rate state income tax before sending it onto the state House. Not one Republican in the Senate voted for the measure.
Democrats in the state House have since voiced concerns about the package of bills sent by the Senate.
Bailey, a farmer, is a freshman lawmaker who began to represent the 109th Illinois state House District in January, following the victory over his Democratic challenger Cynthia Given in November. The 109th District includes all of Edwards, Jasper, Richland, Wabash, Wayne and White counties and parts of Effingham and Lawrence counties.