'Grow jobs, not taxes,' Rep. Sommer tells House
House Rep. Keith P. Sommer (R-Morton) believes the General Assembly spends too much of its time and energy growing taxes instead of job opportunities.
"All those jobs will pay taxes and that's the true revenue growth — through job growth," Sommer said on the House floor on Monday. "Let’s work together to make Illinois a destination state, where people want to live and work."
Higher taxes are not the way to go, he urged.
"I don’t have all the answers, but I encourage all of you to continue working together to provide a better economy for Illinois," Sommer said. "We can make progress. Let’s work together to grow jobs and not taxes. We must find a solution."
Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 1 passed the House on Monday with 73 Yes votes and 44 No votes. It will now be on the November 2020 ballot for Illinois voters to decide.
Every single Republican voted no on the bill and many businesses and individuals have spoken out about their disapproval of a graduated income tax structure. Critics like Sommer suggest that because rates are not nailed down in the amendment, it will eventually become a tax on the middle class.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been adamant about his preference for a "fair tax" since running for governor last year.