A fair income tax in Illinois requires a change to the state constitution. Polls show it is a popular idea, yet it never seems to find its way on a state ballot where a super-majority of voters will approve it.
All the leading Democrats running for governor said they supported the idea, although the winner, JB Pritzker, has been the most vague about the proposal.
There is a small bit of irony in that fact.
In speaking in support of a progressive, graduated fair income tax I use the example of the Pritzker family and their Hyatt Hotels. The Pritzkers pay the same rate of Illinois income tax as the women who clean the rooms in their hotels.
A graduated or progressive income tax takes a higher percentage from people in the upper ranges of the income scale. That’s how the federal income tax is structured. A Lake Forest lawyer, for example, pays a higher percentage of his income in taxes than a Logan Square barista.
On April 27th Ralph Martire, executive director of the non-partisan Center for Tax and Budget Accountability will be the in-studio guest on Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers, Lumpenradio.com. 105.5fm in Chicago and on our podcast.
Martire has long been an articulate advocate of a fair income tax for Illinois.