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Endorsement: A Difficult “No” on Graduated Tax Referendum

October 15, 2020 Daily Herald
There have been few issues that have divided our Editorial Board as sharply as the referendum on the proposed amendment to allow for a graduated income tax in Illinois. We encourage you to take that into account when weighing our position on the matter. It is not a unanimous opinion. There is a clear alternate view. This editorial will try to summarize both. First, let us set out the areas...

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Editorial: Closing arguments, Part Five: Why reject the Pritzker Tax? Take your word for it

October 14, 2020 Chicago Tribune
Editor’s note: In this series the Tribune Editorial Board offers its closing arguments against a proposed constitutional amendment that would replace Illinois’ flat-rate income tax with graduated rates. Illinois voters have a crucial Election Day question at the top of the ballot about their future in this fiscally dysfunctional state: whether to give Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Springfield lawmakers the constitutional power to raise income taxes however they see fit, in...

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Editorial | Vote ‘No’ on Tax Amendment

October 14, 2020 The News-Gazette
Gov. J.B. Pritzker is asking voters to remove the hurdles drafters of the Illinois Constitution put in place to protect taxpayers. Fair? Unfair? The debate over Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed progressive-income-tax amendment to the state constitution has been overwhelmed with political buzzwords that, unfortunately, miss the point behind this dangerous proposal. The proposal is a breathtaking example of government officials grasping for a huge expansion of their power to tax....

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Endorsement: The Fair Tax

October 10, 2020 Quad-City Times
Voters in Illinois are being asked to change their state constitution this year to allow a graduated income tax. Called the “Fair Tax” by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the change would allow state government to set different rates for different income brackets. The idea is to raise taxes on the wealthy, bringing in an estimated $3.6 billion. The federal government and 32 states, including Iowa, have a progressive income tax system....

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An Illinois Tax Crossroads

October 05, 2020 Wall Street Journal
Illinois is the nation’s leading fiscal basket case, with runaway pension liabilities and public-union control of Springfield. But it has had one saving grace: a flat-rate income tax that makes it harder for the political class to raise taxes. Now that last barrier to decline is in jeopardy on the November ballot. The peril comes in a ballot measure backed by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his party’s supermajority in...

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