CHICAGO – Democrat House Speaker Mike Madigan's proposal to move Illinois from a flat tax to a graduated income tax brought a reaction from the Illinois Republican Party, who criticized Gov. Pat Quinn and and Democrat Treasurer candidate Mike Frerichs, writing:
"In 2011, when the Quinn/Frerichs team raised income taxes by 67 percent, they said it would help pay off the state’s unpaid bills. But Illinois still has billions in unpaid bills, and our jobs climate is the worst in the Midwest. The very last thing Illinois families need right now are more taxes, and we can’t afford four more years of Quinn/Frerichs,” said Andrew Welhouse, spokesman for the Illinois Republican Party.
According to the ILGOP, in 2007 Frerichs served as treasurer of a fund supporting the graduated income tax, and introduced an amendment to the Constitution to raise income taxes. The next year he sponsored three different proposals promoting a graduated income tax.
In 2009, Frerichs supported increasing the state’s income tax by 67 percent and expanding the state sales tax to include 39 new services. In 2010, he again introduced legislation to enact a graduated income tax.
In 2011, the Democrats passed the 67 percent income tax increase. In 2012, Frerichs reaffirmed his commitment to enacting the graduated income tax and in 2013, he introduced his sixth proposed amendment to enact a graduate income tax in Illinois.