SPRINGFIELD - With solid opposition from the 47 member House Republican caucus, two Democrats with no stomach for hiking taxes on millionaires shot down House Speaker Mike Madigan's attempt to amend the Illinois Constitution Wednesday.
Democrats Reps. Scott Drury and Jack Franks voted against the Speaker's proposal to hike state income taxes on those making a million or more annually, shorting the needed super-majority vote to get HJCRA 51 on the November ballot - a step required in amending the state's constitution.
Americans for Prosperity-Illinois' State Director David From, who led a public campaign against the Speaker's proposal, congratulated Drury and Franks for their votes.
“Rep. Drury and Rep. Franks should be commended for siding with taxpayers and small businesses by taking a courageous stand against this proposal,” said From. “Illinois resident aren’t fooled by the false promises of Springfield politicians, and through this effort they communicated directly with legislators in their district.”
Drury and Franks' opposition may signal problems for other constitutional amendments waiting General Assembly confirmation before May 4th to get on the November ballot, such as the effort to switch Illinois from the flat tax system to a graduated income tax.
Governor Quinn and Speaker Madigan also want the state’s temporary tax increase permanent. The temporary tax hike came with promises to pay down debt and get the state’s financial house in order. Yet three years later Illinois has the worst credit rating in the nation and the second high unemployment rate in the country as well.
“Raising taxes on the backs of working families and businesses will only further damage our economy, while allowing politicians to continue their spending spree,” From said.
“AFP-Illinois and our strong supporters in this state will continue to fight back against this onslaught of tax hikes and advocate for policies that will spur job creation in Illinois, not push more out of the state.”