SPRINGFIELD—Today the House of Representatives voted on the graduated income tax proposal, Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 1 (SJRCA1), which would remove the flat income tax guarantee from the Illinois Constitution. State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) voted against the amendment, and released the below statement following today’s vote:
“We have an inability to manage our finances. I certainly agree with that. We are already a high tax state, and in terms of managing our finances, it seems like we are squandering what revenue we do have.
The Democrats of Illinois have an insatiable appetite for spending. It will never be satisfied. It will never be enough. I have seen a parade of anti-growth bills that make the cost of running government more expensive. With this proposal they are taxing more of a shrinking pie. This isn’t about fixing our biggest issues, like the pension system, it’s about continuing the culture of tax and spend.”
The constitutional amendment passed with 73 voting in favor of the legislation.