CRAIN'S: Don't be fooled by the progressive income tax argument

By Andrew Nelms

“When politicians in Illinois have an opportunity to raise taxes, they take it.

Like last summer, when the General Assembly permanently raised our state income tax by a staggering 32 percent, squeezing taxpayers who also grapple with some of the highest property taxes in the nation

Now they're angling for more. Some lawmakers in Springfield want to scrap our state's constitutionally protected flat income tax and replace it with a graduated, or progressive, one. And distressingly, the idea is gaining traction. The top three gubernatorial candidates on the Democratic side are selling the proposal as a solution for our state's tax woes…”

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