Proposed Amendment to the 1970 Illinois Constitution
"NOTICETHE FAILURE TO VOTE THIS BALLOT MAY BE THE EQUIVALENT OF A NEGATIVE VOTE, BECAUSE A CONVENTION SHALL BE CALLED OR THE AMENDMENT SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE IF APPROVED BY EITHER THREE-FIFTHS OF THOSE VOTING ON THE QUESTION OR A MAJORITY OF THOSE VOTING IN THE ELECTION. (THIS IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS A DIRECTION THAT YOUR VOTE IS REQUIRED TO BE CAST EITHER IN FAVOR OF OR IN OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSITION HEREIN CONTAINED.)WHETHER YOU VOTE THIS BALLOT OR NOT YOU MUST RETURN IT TO THE ELECTION JUDGE WHEN YOU LEAVE THE VOTING BOOTH."CONSTITUTION BALLOTPROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE 1970 ILLINOIS CONSTITUTIONExplanation of AmendmentThe proposed amendment grants the State authority to impose higher income tax rates on higher income levels, which is how the federal government and a majority of other states do it. The amendment would remove the portion of the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution that is sometimes referred to as the “flat tax,” that requires all taxes on income to be at the same rate. The amendment does not itself change tax rates. It gives the State the ability to impose higher tax rates on those with higher income levels and lower tax rates on those with middle or lower income levels. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become a part of the Illinois Constitution.Review the full text of Senate Joint Resolution SJR0001 HERE.Arguments in Favor of the Proposed Amendment:This amendment would make Illinois' tax system fair.The Federal Government and most states use the graduated tax system proposed in this amendment, not the unfair system currently used in Illinois.Illinois' current income tax system relies on taxes from middle and lower income earners, while a graduated system would lower that burden and fund critical programs such as education and human services.After the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to do all we can to help the economy and middle-class and working people.Arguments Against the Proposed Amendment:The Amendment gives the legislature power to increase taxes on any group of taxpayers with no limits and no accountability and without any requirement to use the additional revenue to fund essential needs such as healthcare, education, or public safety.Taxes and spending are out of control. The Legislature should not be allowed to keep raising taxes until they get their spending under control.In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the worst possible time for a massive tax increase.For the proposed amendment of Section 3 of Article IX of the Illinois Constitution.
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