November 4, 2020

Statement from Illinois Policy

CHICAGO (Nov. 4, 2020) – Voters have rejected Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s progressive tax amendment. The flat tax will remain intact in Illinois’ Constitution.

Illinois Policy has educated voters on this important issue for nearly a decade. The Illinois Policy Institute’s lawsuit against the Secretary of State and Board of Elections exposed the progressive tax as a threat to retirement, with politicians misleading residents about the impact their tax proposal would have.

Overall, Illinois Policy’s progressive tax research and content have been viewed 4.5 million times this year.

Matt Paprocki, president of Illinois Policy, provided the following statement:

“Illinoisans made their voices heard and sent a clear message to Illinois politicians: ‘We want to keep our constitutional flat-tax protection.’ Illinoisans were able to recognize that this progressive tax amendment would be devastating for everyone in the state: for retirees, for small businesses, and for middle class residents tired of shouldering yet another tax hike without any resolution to lawmaker corruption, overspending and a broken pension system.

“There is now more hope than ever that we can unite over solutions that will stabilize the state budget and put pension funds on a path to solvency. The first step is clear: Reasonable pension reform in the form of HJRCA 21.”

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