The Democrats drafted the following biased explanation of the graduated income tax which will appear on the November 3, 2020 ballot:

"The proposed amendment grants the State authority to impose higher income tax rates on higher income levels, which is how the federal government and a majority of other states do it. The amendment would remove the portion of the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution that is sometimes referred to as the "flat tax," that requires all taxes on income to be at the same rate. The amendment does not itself change tax rates. It gives the State the ability to impose higher tax rates on those with higher income levels and lower income tax rates on those with middle or lower income levels. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become a part of the Illinois Constitution."

 

IN ACTUALITY 

  • Enacting a progressive income tax hike would ultimately cause less investment and increase Illinois outmigration, while harming workers and consumers.
  • Removing the constitutional flat tax protection would lead to large tax hikes on middle-class Illinoisans.
  • The progressive income tax rates that would go into effect should voters approve the constitutional amendment will not raise the revenue Pritzker’s office claims, forcing additional tax hikes or service cuts.
  • In the only state to experiment with swapping a flat income tax for a progressive income tax in the last 30 years, Connecticut, state lawmakers made similar promises to those of Illinois lawmakers today. But Connecticut’s middle class ultimately saw higher income tax rates, higher property tax bills and more debt while the state’s poverty rate climbed.

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