Butler, other House Republicans oppose proposed income tax hike
Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield) opposed a graduated income tax hike along with other House Republicans during a press conference on Feb. 27.
Butler signed on to co-sponsor House Resolution 153 along with all House Republicans, who oppose the graduated income tax hike Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been promoting.
"My sister just moved back from Olympia, Washington, after 20 years," Butler said. "When she moved back, what she actually said to me was, 'I’m not excited about moving back because of my property taxes, but the one thing I’m excited about is that you’re not going to tax my retirement.'"
Butler said that aspect needs to be promoted more.
"I think we do have to promote that more," Butler said. "That’s one thing, along with the flat tax, the fact that we don’t tax retirement is one of the true advantages we have to try and attract people and I think we need to keep that in place."
The resolution outlines that Illinois is the sixth most-populous state in the country, but that it needs to move forward from "fiscal irresponsibility and political malfeasance" that occurred in years past.