Graduated Rate Income Tax
Position in Brief
The League of Women Voters of Illinois and its local Leagues have joined with numerous organizations in Illinois to put a constitutional amendment on the November 2014 ballot that will allow a graduated rate income tax revenue system in Illinois.
Our fiscal policy position states: The LWVIL supports a diversified revenue system which principally relies on a combination of broad-based taxes and user fees, is equitable, progressive, stable, responsive and simple.
For now, the campaign for a Graduated Rate Income Tax is in pause mode, but not for lack of enthusiasm and effort.
The General Assembly allowed the time to run out for passage of the resolution needed to get the amendment on the November ballot. The votes were definitely there in the Senate, but they did not want to pass the resolution without some certainty that the House would also pass it. Despite a roll call that showed the resolution could pass the House, House leadership read the numbers differently and as a result the Senate did not call the bill.
Sincere appreciation is extended to Claire McIntyre, who led the campaign for the League. She and her team did a remarkable job of educating the public and legislators.