SPRINGFIELD – A vote to change Illinois from a flat tax to a graduated rate state is in the works in the Illinois legislature. Americans for Prosperity-Illinois' Executive Director David From, concerned that the average Illinois taxpayer could pay 2% more in state income taxes, sent out the following alert after lunch Tuesday:
Politicians in Springfield will vote this week - possibly even today - on a constitutional amendment seeking to scrap our state's flat income tax and replace it with a graduated, or progressive, one. This legislation would likely result in greater job loss and continual tax hikes by a General Assembly that seems to be unable to control its appetite for more tax dollars.
Why should Illinoisans trust Springfield politicians enough to give them carte blanche ability to add brackets, increase the rates or lower the income threshold at which higher rates apply? It's no accident a recent Gallup poll highlighted that a mere 25% of Illinoisans "are confident in their state government" – worse than any other state. Urge your legislators to oppose the graduated income tax!
Amongst the 34 states (and the District of Columbia) with a graduated income tax, Illinois' median household income ($57,444) would be taxed at a top marginal rate of 5.46%, nearly two full percentage points higher than our current 3.75% flat income tax. Do you trust Springfield politicians with greater ability to raise your taxes? If your answer is "NO," then click here to tell your legislators that you oppose a graduated income tax!
Punishing job creators is not the answer to moving Illinois in the right direction, nor is removing legislative barriers that prevent continual tax hikes by a General Assembly that has an addiction to tax dollars. Please take a moment RIGHT NOW and send a message to your legislators telling them you OPPOSE the graduated income tax.