Kankakee, IL – Earlier this week, State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) cosponsored a resolution opposing a progressive income tax in Illinois.
“Proposals to implement a progressive income tax are a bad gimmick only serving to continue the tax and spend culture in Springfield with higher taxes, saddling taxpayers with the bill,” Rep. Parkhurst stated.
Illinois has among the highest state and local tax burdens in the nation according to WalletHub. Studies show states with progressive income taxes create more tax burdens for the middle class.
“Our state constitution mandates a flat tax. There is only one way to implement a progressive tax without a constitutional amendment which is to raise the income tax and offer various deductions. This creates a very complicated tax code. Families will pay to find all their deductions and many families will see their taxes increase. We simply cannot afford these proposals and I am standing up and saying no new taxes,” Rep. Parkhurst continued.
HR 975 was introduced by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R – Western Springs) on April 10th and currently awaits committee assignment.