Update x1 - 4:55 PM - Senator Harmon has yet to call the bill on Tuesday when all the "Fair Tax" people are in town, so it appears the Senate will not be so likely to pass the graduated income tax proposal after all. Without the needed votes in the House, it would be an embarrassment for the Democrats. So ... we're adding the word "Not" to our headline.
SPRINGFIELD - Ralliers and lawmakers supporting the effort to move Illinois from a flat tax state to a graduated tax system are confident that they'll make a step forward in the Illinois Senate Tuesday.
State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) told ralliers in front of the Capitol that their efforts to change Illinois sytem of taxing to put more on those making $200,000 or more was "democracy - this is democracy!"
Harmon is expected to bring before his Senate colleagues this week a resolution that would place changing the Illinois constitution's income taxing from a flat tax to a graduated system. The Illinois Democrats have enough votes to pass the resolution without Republican support.
With a 3/5 majority in both houses, the graduate tax measure would go before voters in November. The amount of income tax charged in various income taxes would be left up to state lawmakers to decide.
While graduated tax supporters boasted that the measure would save middle-class wage earners, a graph put together by the Tax Foundation which compares the various tax proposals on Springfield lawmakers table, shows that every one - except the proposal that would end the 2011 temporary tax hike - would cause Illinois taxpayers of all income levels to pay more than before.