State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) stood with members of the House Republican Leadership Team on Wednesday to announce the House Republican Caucus’ unanimous opposition to Illinois Democrats’ latest attempt to raise taxes on Illinois families. HR153, which opposes moving Illinois from a flat income tax to a graduated income tax, was filed on Wednesday with all 44 House Republicans listed as sponsors.
During his budget address last week, Governor JB Pritzker said the implementation of the graduated income tax was a top priority this year. During his speech, he said only the richest Illinoisans would pay more, and he pointed to Wisconsin and Iowa as possible models. According to the Illinois Policy Institute, those models would raise taxes on anyone earning more than $26,100 (Wisconsin rates) or $46,500 (Iowa rates).
“We have yet to hear the Democrats’ definition of ‘richest Illinoisans’,” said Wehrli. “They’re not talking because they know that in the end, the middle class will have to pay more. They know that there simply aren’t enough wealthy people to generate the kind of revenue they need to quench their insatiable appetite for spending.”
Wehrli explained that Illinois already has one of the highest combined tax burdens in the United States, and said if Democrats want to raise taxes even further through a graduated income tax, they would have to pass the legislation themselves so that they alone would be responsible for the damage inflicted upon the middle class.
“The Democrats and Governor Pritzker are yet again proposing an intellectually lazy solution to a very serious fiscal problem,” said Wehrli. “We should be working collaboratively to grow the economy and create new revenue through job growth. But instead, the majority party just wants to continually look for more ways to raise taxes.”Click here to watch a portion of Wehrli’s remarks from Wednesday’s press conference. Click here to watch the full press conference.