The Illinois House, on partisan lines, voted to approve a constitutional amendment to ask voters in 2020 if the flat tax structure should be removed from the constitution.
Landing Gov. J.B. Pritzker a huge win, the Illinois House — on strictly partisan lines — on Memorial Day passed a constitutional amendment that will land a question on the 2020 ballot to change the state’s income tax structure.
The way this amendment is structured unlike most other states it can be rewritten when once approved and becomes a blank check with no control of future legislation
If you think that [a progressive income tax in Illinois] doesn’t hit you, you’re wrong. None of the drivers that have created the structural deficit have been addressed… Even the rates that are listed there are not ‘enough’ in the eyes of people that are sitting here today.
“But just because a state applies different rates to different amounts of income doesn’t mean only the wealthy pay top rates. In neighboring Missouri, for example, the state’s top rate of 5.4% is levied on all income over $8,424, according to the Tax Foundation, which compiles state tax rates and brackets annually. Alabama’s top rate kicks in even sooner — after the first $3,000 for single filers.” Politifact.com