Governor Pritzker’s proposal to amend the Illinois Constitution is causing quite the debate in Springfield.
The graduated income tax proposal was the main focus of Wednesdays hearing for the Senate Executive Committee.
Pritzker says the tax structure should be changed so people making more will pay a higher rate. Democrats on the committee agree with the governor.
Republicans say this will only lead to constant tax increases
“I believe that the crafters of our current constitution and the fact that the people embraced that constitution which included a flat tax, was there to protect middle-income families from politicians,” said state Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), the Senate Minority Leader.
The constitutional amendment passed out of the Executive Committee on a 12-5 vote.
The proposal is now scheduled for a first reading on the Senate floor.