House GOP voices opposition to graduated income tax

House GOP voices opposition to graduated income tax (File Photo)

Illinois House Republicans are lashing out at a Democratic suggestion that the state should adopt a graduated income tax.

Minority Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs said Tuesday his resolution opposing increased rates on higher levels of income is a protest against what he calls the "customary practice of the General Assembly: Spend now, pay later."

There's no proposal before lawmakers now. But Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker has proposed a graduated income tax to replace the flat rate on individuals of 4.95 percent.

Durkin says a graduated tax would punish the middle class and give Democrats the chance to raise more money for spending.

Pritzker spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh called the resolution a "political stunt" to distract from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's "failure as governor."

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