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  •  Illinois also had a very low income tax (4+ / 0-)

    and the politicians caught hell for raising it from 3% to 5% a few years ago.

    •  Another problem with Illinois's tax system (2+ / 0-)
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      salmo, Odysseus

      The state constitution mandates that Illinois use a flat tax for state income taxes, meaning that a progressive state income tax, which many other states have, is unconstitutional in Illinois.

      Any attempt to raise or lower the state income tax in Illinois, because of the constitutionally-mandated flat tax, is politically toxic. Any tax cut would be perceived as a "tax cut for the wealthy", and any tax hike would be perceived as a "tax hike on the middle class", even though any tax cut or hike would actually effect all income levels.

      It would require an amendment to the Illinois Constitution to be enacted in order for the General Assembly to have the power to enact a progressive state income tax. Since Illinois does not allow for a constitutional amendment to be proposed via initiative, any proposed amendment would require that both houses of the General Assembly refer a proposed constitutional amendment to the people, and then at least 60% of voters would have to approve of the proposed amendment for it to become part of the Illinois Constitution. Given that most Illinois Democrats aren't all that liberal on fiscal issues, and Illinois Republicans are only interested in either eliminating estate taxes (such as Chad Hays) or grandstanding for political gain (such as Mike Bost), it probably would either require a change in attitude by the Democrats or a leftist third party (probably a newly-created Progressive Party) to gain a significant foothold in Illinois politics for that to happen.

      Elizabeth Warren on the Senate Banking Committee is a BFD!

      by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 04:36:09 PM PST

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