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Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker has repeatedly dodged questions about the basic details of his progressive income tax proposal, but he's not alone in his refusal to talk specifics.
When asked the progressive income tax plan, Republicans are quick to bash it while Democratic candidates in tight races have been as quiet as Pritzker.
Questions - State - Income - Tax - Structure
Questions about changing the state's income tax structure from a flat tax to a progressive tax have come in contested races in House Districts 46, 55 and 56. State Rep. Deborah Conroy, D-Villa Park, faces Republican challenger Dr. Gordon "Jay" Kinzler, a transplant surgeon who lives in Glendale Heights, in the 46th Illinois House District. In the 55th Illinois House District, Republican Marilyn Smolenski is going up against Democratic State Rep. Marty Moylan. And State Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, faces Republican Jillian Bernas in the 56th Illinois House District.
If the polls are any indication, Illinois Democrats could regain supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly and retake ownership of the governor’s mansion. Pritzker has said he will work to change Illinois’ flat income tax into a progressive one that taxes higher earners a higher percentage. House Speaker Michael Madigan also has pushed for the state to adopt a progressive income tax structure without getting into the details. Pritzker has said it’s the General Assembly’s job to dictate rates, often to criticism that voters would reject the idea if they knew the details of his plan.
Democrats - Income - Tax - Rep - Marty
One of the few Democrats willing to talk about the progressive income tax is Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines. He, too, declined to give any percentages, but said he favored the concept as long as it...
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