-By Warner Todd Huston
The folks at Americans For Prosperity recently launched some new video ads to ramp up the pressure to get Illinois Democrats to dump the idea of changing the state constitution to allow them to institute a progressive income tax.
They have a petition started that you should go sign, too.
Two years after passing the largest tax hike in the history of Illinois, some politicians want us to bail out their overspending by changing the Constitution to impose a “progressive income tax” which will:
- Raise taxes on 85% of taxpayers.
- Raise tax rates for every family earning over $5,000 per year.
- Further damage Illinois’ ability to spur job creation and compete with other states.
The adoption of a progressive tax will threaten Illinois’ prosperity by giving politicians free reign to engage in class warfare of the type seen at the federal level and in states such as California, destroying job creation and incentivizing the flight of businesses to more friendly states.
“The progressive income tax being advocated by Governor Quinn and legislative leaders will raise taxes on most Illinois taxpayers and make our state even less attractive to employers and families, worsening Illinois’ fourth-highest in the nation unemployment rate,” said AFP- Illinois State Director David From. “These ads highlight how Illinois cannot afford this job-killing policy and encourage residents to let their elected leaders know they want more good jobs, not higher taxes.”
I wrote a piece about this topic earlier in the month.