The Herald-News: Kinzinger argues for 'no' vote on graduated income tax referendum
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger urged voters to reject a state constitutional amendment on the ballot that would allow for a graduated income tax.
Kinzinger, R-Channahon, released a video on his campaign Facebook page to address the issue. He said in that post he received requests for his thoughts for the so-called Fair Tax amendment.
If 60% of voters approve the amendment, it would allow the state to impose higher tax rates on those with higher incomes. The Democrat-controlled state legislature approved the amendment and new graduated tax brackets last year.
Proponents of a progressive tax argue the graduated tax brackets would only raise taxes on those making $250,000 a year or more, about 3% of Illinois taxpayers.
Kinzinger asked viewers to "just vote no on this amendment." He argued that high-income earners already pay a higher amount than low- and middle-income residents with a flat tax.
He added that even if the proposed rates don't raise taxes on middle income earners, it's not guaranteed that will always be the case.
"Keep in mind it's Illinois," the congressman said in the video. "How long until that rate goes up? Not very long."
Kinzinger said higher income earners who would see their state taxes increases will "simply move out of the state."
"Let's make Springfield be disciplined with spending," he said. "That would be a refreshing change."
Supporters of the graduated income tax argue additional revenue could help fund school districts and lower the local property tax burden on residents.