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Roll Call: Thapedi fails to vote on progressive tax constitutional amendment

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By LGIS News Service | Jul 25, 2019

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State Rep. André Thapedi (D-32) failed to vote on May 27 on a constitutional amendment that would allow voters to decide if Illinois should adopt a graduated income tax.

With the passage of the Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment No. 1 by both chambers of the state legislature, a referendum will be placed on the November 2020 general election ballot asking voters to decide whether to remove the state’s current flat income tax in favor of the progressive tax. 

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says a graduated tax rate will ease the burden on middle-class families by generating $3.4 billion in additional state revenue. Critics, however, claim the tax reform effort does nothing to address the underlying issues facing the state -- skyrocketing pension deficits, health insurance costs and property taxes. 

A recent poll initiated by Ideas Illinios showed that nearly half of respondents said a progressive tax is  “a blank check for Springfield politicians to spend more and will hurt Illinois’ economy and force businesses to leave the state,” according to the  Illinois Policy Institute.

To become law,  60 percent of those voting on the referendum (or 50 percent of those voting overall) will need to vote in favor of the question.

District 1 includes all or parts of Archer Heights, Brighton Park, Gage Park, Chicago Lawn and Marquette Park on Chicago's South Side.

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