Democrats may wind up alienating voters by 'not listening to people at all,' Rep. Bailey says
Republican state Rep. Darren Bailey (Xenia) is hoping history repeats itself when it comes time for voters to weigh in on how Democrats are handling all their newfound power in Springfield.
“They’re not listening to people at all and just imposing their own will, and history tells us when that happens people get so frustrated that they ultimately become the change that they seek,” Bailey told the SE Illinois News. “I really think voters in Illinois are starting to get to that point.”
Bailey recently looked on in shock as the Illinois House Revenue & Finance Committee approved a constitutional amendment that paves the way for the progressive income-tax system Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been pushing since his days as a candidate. Following a 9-6 vote, Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 1 (SJRCA 1) will now go before the full House for a vote, where 71 Yes votes will land the proposal on the 2020 ballot in the form of a referendum question.
“Democrats just keep pushing their agenda,” Bailey continued. “We will make voters aware of everything that’s happening and the hope is that we will soon get back to advancing Republican policies and values. People are hungry for a change of leadership in Illinois. As people understand more about this tax they realize that it won’t be a good thing for them or, for that matter, anyone else in Illinois.”
The full Senate passed SJRCA 1 earlier this month in a session that also included the passage of a bill that would define graduated income tax rates should voters approve the ballot question.