McSweeney, Costello file bipartisan resolution aimed at blocking progressive state income tax
State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) wants to stop Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed progressive income tax in its tracks.
Along with Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Smithton), McSweeney filed House Resolution 31, opposing the adoption of a constitutional amendment needed to pave the way for such an enactment.
McSweeney said the reasons for his opposition to the proposed tax plan are many.
“The progressive income tax is a code phrase for a massive tax increase, and that is the last thing Illinois needs right now,” he said in a press release. “Proponents of the tax led by Gov. Pritzker won’t disclose what the tax rates will be. They want people to believe their Jobs Tax would only affect the wealthy. The wealthy won’t be hurt because they have the option to quickly leave Illinois. The truth is that the Jobs Tax will ultimately lead to a massive tax hike on the middle class.”
“If three-fifths of the Illinois House and Senate put the Pritzker Jobs Tax on the 2020 general election ballot, I’m confident that voters will reject this massive tax hike,” he said. “I don’t think that over 60 percent of voters will trust Illinois politicians to set their rates under a system that is clearly designed to produce a lot more revenue to fuel new spending.”