Free market, taxpayers 'under attack in Illinois,' Rep. Severin argues in opposition of 'fair tax'
State Rep. Dave Severin (R-Benton) opposed the graduated income tax amendment during the House session on Monday, calling for fiscal reform rather than driving more residents and businesses out of Illinois.
"Today the free market is under attack in Illinois," Severin said on the House floor. "Job creators are under attack. We need more taxpayers, not taxes. Let’s restore fiscal sanity."
Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 1 passed the House on Monday with 73 Yes votes and 44 No votes. It will now be on the November 2020 ballot for Illinois voters to decide.
Every single Republican voted no on the bill and many businesses and individuals have spoken out against a graduated income tax structure. Critics like Severin suggest that because rates are not nailed down in the amendment, the tax will eventually become a burden carried by the middle class.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been adamant about his preference for a "fair tax" since running for governor last year.