SPRINGFIELD - Oak Park's Democrat State Senator Don Harmon has no opposition for his 39th District seat in November, a reason he is emboldened to push next Tuesday on the Senate floor for a plan to amend the state constitution replacing Illinois' flat-rate income tax with a graduated one.
Harmon says voters should decide whether they want a person that makes more money to pay a higher rate of taxes, so he's asking his Senate colleagues to get the constitutional amendment on the November ballot.
“We understand it is a difficult choice, but we’re simply asking that the voters be allowed to weigh in and make a decision about tax policy and how Illinois should tax income,” Sen. Harmon told the Tribune editorial board this week.
“What this proposal is, is putting window dressing on a broken promise,” Murphy said. “It proposes to raise about the same amount of revenue as the flat tax does (if made permanent). The promise that was made and vehemently repeated time and time again on the (Senate floor in 2011) was that the problems would be solved with that extra revenue.”
Harmon expects to call his proposal for a vote Tuesday in the Illinois Senate, where Democrats hold a super-majority.