Recently, the Illinois’ progressive tax proposal was not even introduced in time to be be considered for vote on the November ballot. While a spokesman for the primary group advocating for a progressive tax called the proposal not making the November ballot “really just a hiccup,” other news outlets have gone farther, saying the proposal was “effectively killed,” said the TaxFoundation.
If this particular initiative passes, then it will be on a ballot at sometime in the future in order to determine if the taxpayers are willing to amend the state constitution to allow a progressive tax here in Illinois.
Under a progressive tax, the more money you make, the more money in taxes you pay. The legislators chose to not resubmit the bill because its an election year and, as a result, the bill would likely fail. Nobody wants to have to defend a tax increase on the campaign trail, even if the hard choice (i.e., a tax increase) is still a good choice for the state.
As to why they chose to not reintroduce the bill, its harder to reintroduce a failed initiative a second time. So, from a strategy standpoint, they chose to wait for a more opportune time (i.e., after the fall elections). Stalling does not necessarily hurt a bill – its just kind of waiting in the wing for a more opportune time (see election reference above).
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