Springfield….State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) voted no on a proposal that sought support for the idea of instituting a progressive income tax in Illinois. Illinois currently has a flat, 4.95% personal income tax rate. The resolution in question is HR 1025.
The process to actually enact a progressive income tax would require that a Constitutional Amendment be passed using a 3/5ths majority of the General Assembly and a positive vote by the electorate in a General Election. Bryant and her House Republican colleagues argued that the floor action taken on HR 1025 today was nothing more than political show business.
“Earlier in the Session, State Representative Martwick from Chicago introduced a bill (HB 3522) that would have begun the process to institute a progressive income tax. Unlike HR 1025, HB 3522 actually laid out some rates,” Bryant said. “Under the House Democrats’ plan to raise taxes, individuals making between $0 and $7500 would start paying 4% personal income tax, individuals that make $7500-$15,000 would see their income taxes soar to 5.84%, and incomes between $15,000 and $225,000 would see their income tax rate climb drastically from 4.95% to an astonishing 7.65%. Today’s resolution would not change the constitution as would be required, and we should not be sending messages to individuals and potential employers that Illinois’ General Assembly supports raising taxes this way.”
Bryant and all House Republicans voted no on the idea of a progressive income tax. The measure ultimately passed via a 61-52 vote. However, as noted by many GOP speakers during debate, a House Resolution does nothing to advance the issue as far as the Illinois Constitution requires.