Democrats' Tax Change Proposal Sets Stage for 2014 BattleCHICAGO (AP) - Influential Democrats in Springfield are pushing for a change to Illinois' income tax that could become a contentious issue in next year's elections.
The proposal is for Illinois to adopt a graduated or "progressive" tax, instead of extending a temporary increase in the current flat tax or letting that increase expire. Under a graduated tax, higher earners pay a larger percentage of their income than middle and lower-class taxpayers.
Democrats say it's fairer and that a majority of Illinoisans would get a tax cut. But Republicans say it's a tax hike in disguise that will drive out jobs. Illinois' Constitution currently requires a flat income tax. Changing it would require a three-fifths vote in the Legislature and approval by voters.
Supporters hope it will be on the November 2014 ballot.
See other LocalNews news:Police Beat for Friday, October 24th, 2014
Three Hurt When Vehicle Overturns Southeast of Salem
Centralia Football Field Will Stay Within Budget
Marion County Finance Committee Finds Way To Offer Employee Health Insurance
Illinois GOP Files Lawsuit Over Poll Practices