Illinois State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon), House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and members of the Illinois House Republican caucus today announced their opposition to the graduated income tax proposal introduced by legislative Democrats. The announcement was held at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia. The plan, currently filed as HJRCA 33, would replace the state’s current flat tax with a graduated income tax system, with rates to be determined by the General Assembly.
“Illinois is already a high-tax state. Raising taxes on middle-class families will further damage our state’s economy. History has shown that the 67% income tax hike has not balanced Illinois’ checkbook nor will it bring in more long-term revenue. A graduated tax certainly won’t solve the spending problem in state government. It would do more harm than good for Illinois,” said State Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon).