Middle class will suffer, more will leave the state under new tax plan, Rep. McAuliffe warns House
Illinois state Rep. Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) urged the House to vote no on the graduated income tax proposal during Monday's session, saying it would hurt the middle class.
"This will hurt the small business community and the middle class," McAuliffe said. "Many Illinoisans are leaving the state. They will leave this state instead of settling here in Illinois. People are saying 'enough is enough' and they’re leaving the state."
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 House Republican voted no on the bill and many businesses and individuals have spoken out about their disapproval of a graduated income tax structure. Critics like McAuliffe suggest that because rates aren't nailed down in the amendment that it will eventually become a tax on the middle class.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been adamant about his preference for a "fair tax" since running for governor last year.