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'Fair tax' is neither fair nor equal, Weber says


By Kyla Asbury | May 30, 2019


Illinois state Rep. Tom Weber (R-Lake Villa) said on the House floor Monday that the graduated income tax proposal does little to even the playing field for the state's taxpayers.

"We’re talking about changing the constitution," Weber said. "The number one charge is that everyone is treated equally and fairly and what they want is to be treated equally. We hear it all the time how millionaires don’t pay their fair share, but why don’t we close those loopholes? Instead of addressing spending, we're discussing bills that don’t do anything on that."

Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 1 passed the House on Monday with 73 Yes votes and 44 No votes. It will now be on the November 2020 ballot for Illinois voters to decide. 

State Rep. Tom Weber (R-Lake Villa)

Every single House Republican voted no on the bill and many businesses and individuals have expressed disapproval of the new tax structure. Critics like Weber suggest that because rates are not nailed down in the amendment, it will eventually become a tax on the middle class.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been adamant about his preference for a "fair tax" since running for governor last year.

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