Rep. Keicher cautions voters of tax plan pitfalls
Republican state Rep. Jeff Keicher (Sycamore) is warning voters what to expect should Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed graduated income tax become a reality.
“Make no mistake – Gov. Pritzker’s candid admission that he cannot give any guarantees that there won’t be more changes to the rates means higher taxes on middle-income earners in the not-too-distant future should the graduated tax become law,” Keicher said in a statement posted to his website. “When Illinois legislators raised our taxes in 2011 and 2017, they made promises they did not keep about why those income tax hikes were needed. Why should we trust them again now?”
Keicher stressed that he was a No vote on the issue and plans “to stand with taxpayers against giving Illinois legislators a blank check to raise our taxes.”
After easily passing both chambers of Democratically led legislature, Senate Joint Resolution Constitution Amendment 1 is slated to appear on the 2020 ballot in November as a constitutional amendment referendum. With the long-running support of Pritzker, the Senate signed off on the measure by better than a 2 to 1 margin last month.