GETTING PERSONAL The sponsor of the first bill to allow a progressive
income tax system in Illinois last week took aim at the highest profile critic
of her effort. Rep. Naomi Jaksobsson, D-Urbana, accused the Illinois Policy
Institute of “blanketing the state” with “empty rhetoric interspersed with
outright lies” about her amendment. The Illinois Policy Institute responded in
kind, publishing a series of "myths" it says progressive tax
advocates are spreading. The progressive tax debate is loaded with tension, as
I learned moderating a pair of forums on the topic in August and September. My blog today has the latest on how
the two sides are battling it out. It's becoming heated, and it'll
only get hotter.
- IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Jakobsson explained her bill in this Reboot Illinois op-ed shortly after its introduction last spring.
HOW WOULD IT WORK? The progressive tax bills in the General Assembly don't contain
details of how a graduated-rate income tax would be structured if the state
constitution is amended to allow one. The bills only seek permission for
lawmakers to consider dropping the flat-rate tax for a progressive system. The
Center for Tax and Budget Accountability has proposed one possible scenario.
We've got a simplified version in our infographic today, along with a link to a
more extensive explanation. Would your taxes go up or down under this scenario?
Check and find out here.
SOUND OFF With Illinois' finances in a wreck and lawmakers having
compiled a horrid track record for tax revenue management, there's good reason
for suspicion about any change to the tax system here. Tell your legislators,
Gov. Pat Quinn and the four leaders of the General Assembly that raising taxes
shouldn't be an option for fixing the mess they've created. With unemployment
the second highest in the nation, Illinois can't afford more reasons for
businesses to avoid moving to and expanding in Illinois. Use our Sound Off tool
to send a message. We've got one already written or you can write your own. Try it!
DIRTY WORD: VOUCHER "The word 'voucher' is a dirty word to many teachers and
administrators in public schools, but it shouldn't be. With a well-run
parental-choice program, elected officials and administrators can significantly
reduce the stress on public-school budgets while living up to their obligation
to provide great educational opportunities for young people." So writes
Kevin P. Chavous, board member of Educational Choice Illinois, in a Wall Street
Journal op-ed today. This is among the hottest of hot-button issues in the
national education reform debate, in which Chavous has been a prominent
participant. He says Chicago students and parents would be among the greatest
benefactors of a voucher program. Read it here.
RAUNER'S CHOICE Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner today
announced Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti, a lawyer and Wheaton City Council
member, as his running mate. We've got more details about
Sanguinetti and this selection here.
TODAY'S HEADLINES Here's what's making news in Illinois today:
5. Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau says Illinois’
poverty rate remains close to 15 percent. (Progress Illinois)
4. The Illinois State Board of Education announced a series of education funding hearings around the state. (Associated Press)
3. More on Bruce Rauner's selection for lieutenant governor. (Chicago Sun-Times)
2. Rauner and Gov. Pat Quinn are leading the field of gubernatorial hopefuls when it comes to raising campaign contributions. (Chicago Tribune)
1. Opinion: The new pension plan backed by Senate President John Cullerton could be the answer. (Herald & Review)