Graduated taxes: read the language

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I recommend that voters read the actual language of the proposed constitutional amendment before passing judgment on it. Everybody seems to assume that it only permits graduated rates similar to federal taxes (higher incomes taxed at higher rates).

In fact, nothing in the amendment language precludes inverse graduated rates (higher rates on lower incomes).

The legislature would never do that, you say? Tax breaks for billionaires are politically impossible? Dream on, all you taxpayers about to the plucked.

Bob Stigger

Oak Park

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Nick Polido  

Posted: September 25th, 2020 6:17 AM

Patrick Moroney  

Posted: September 23rd, 2020 10:36 PM

Listen to a conversation on this matter at

Nick A Binotti  

Posted: September 23rd, 2020 9:58 PM

Bob, you're on the right path regarding "actual language of the proposed constitutional amendment." But it's not the rates you should be worried about. The constitutional amendment removes the clause "at any one time there may be NO MORE THAN ONE SUCH TAX imposed by the State for State purposes on individuals." Why remove a clause that prevents the state from levying multiple taxes on income?

James Kebinger  

Posted: September 23rd, 2020 2:30 PM

Once again, the only arguments people against the graduated tax amendment have are based in fear.

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