Miller: Graduated income tax proposal 'has no protections for middle-income families and businesses'
State Rep. Chris Miller (R-Oakland) said in a recent release that graduated income tax legislation proposed by Democrats is a "blank check" for Democrats that could mean doom for middle class families.
“This proposal has no protections for middle-income families and businesses,” Miller said in a press release issued Monday regarding the bill, which will require a constitutional amendment to enact.
“I’m a farmer. I grow things and I fix things every day," he said in the release. "This plan does not fix the structural spending problems that we have in this state. This proposal being rammed through today by the Democrats will raise taxes on Illinois families and businesses by at least $3.4 billion. There are no provisions in place to prevent future rates from being raised.”
With Illinois taxpayers already paying the highest combined state tax rates in the country, Miller's release points out that the Democrats now pushing the progressive tax system are the same ones that were behind the income tax increases of 2011 and 2017.
“The governor and his Democrat allies from Chicago are creating a false crisis of needing more taxes to change our long-standing system of a flat, fair tax in Illinois,” Miller said in the release. “We have an additional $1.5 billion that we can use to craft a balanced budget without raising taxes on anyone. The tired old ‘tax the rich’ slogan is just like the false promise that the lottery would bring more money to education. We all know how that turned out.”