Rep. Murphy condemns tax plan as a 'job-killer'
Many critics of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's graduated income tax proposal are calling it a 'jobs tax,' but Illinois state House Rep. Mike Murphy (R-Springfield) took his opposition a step further during Monday's session.
"This will be a job-killer," Murphy said. "If this passes, we will have the third highest corporate rate and fourth highest rate on pass-through businesses. They are our job creators. Our businesses and jobs will be going in the opposite direction of Illinois. We've had no serious discussions about creating jobs — good jobs."
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.
Every single Republican voted no on the bill and many businesses and individuals have spoken out against a graduated income tax structure. Critics like Murphy suggest that because rates are not nailed down in the amendment, the tax will eventually become a burden carried by the middle class.
Pritzker has been adamant about his preference for a "fair tax" since running for governor last year.