Pritzker, Kennedy, Biss dodging questions about tax hike plans, GOP says
The Illinois Republican Party is blasting the three leading Democratic candidates for governor over their refusal to answer whether they plan to raise taxes as part of their proposed tax plan.
“The Democratic candidates for governor want to hike taxes again, but they still refuse to say by how much,” the organization said in a press release. “J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy and Daniel Biss all want to raise taxes even higher than (House Speaker) Mike Madigan's recent 32 percent income tax hike.”
The Tax Foundation recently said the so-called graduated income tax plan being proposed by the Democratic candidates would almost surely raise taxes on small businesses, the state’s largest source of job creation.
In the case of Pritzker, the GOP group added he recently refused to answer questions from members of the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board when asked whether he planned to raise taxes, despite being asked the same question at least three different times.
“The Democrats favor replacing Illinois’ flat tax – in which all filers are taxed at the same rate – with a graduated or ‘progressive’ system in which higher earners pay higher tax rates,” The Associated Press recently reported. “Biss, Kennedy and Pritzker have repeatedly declined to say what the rates or income levels should be under a graduated income tax, noting it would have to be negotiated and that the decision also must include discussions about spending.”